Superstar mare Enable faces three rivals in Thursday’s Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks as she seeks her twelfth successive win and tenth victory at the highest level, which would equal Frankel’s haul before he retired to stud.
Khalid Abdullah’s five-year-old captured this contest in 2017 by an impressive five lengths ahead of her John Gosden-trained stablemate Coronet, winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday.
Enable comes into the race off the back of a thrilling success in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, where she prevailed by a neck from Crystal Ocean to become only the third dual winner of the contest.
The brilliant mare has won the hearts of many during her career and Thursday’s race will give the British racing public the opportunity to say goodbye to Enable before she bids for a historic third victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October.
“She’s our highest earning homebred and our most successful filly by Group 1 wins”
Simon Mockridge, Stud Director of Juddmonte Farms, speaking to QIPCO British Champions Series, said: “Enable was a very attractive foal. Right from the beginning, she was tall with size and scope and good bone – a very well made, quality and athletic filly in all respects.
“That she has gone to establish herself as one of the greatest race fillies/mares is wonderful for Prince Khalid and everyone at Juddmonte.
“She’s a fourth generation homebred, our highest earning homebred and our most successful filly by Group 1 wins, and we look forward to her run in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.”
While it is a small field for the 1m4f race, Enable will face opposition from her stablemate Lah Ti Dar. A homebred for Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, the daughter of Dubawi is out of Dar Re Mi, who struck in the Yorkshire Oaks ten years ago.
Simon Marsh, Racing and Bloodstock Manager for the Lloyd-Webbers, speaking to QIPCO British Champions Series said: “They say never be scared of one, but in this case we’ve got to be scared of two.
“We’ve always been keen to run her in the Yorkshire Oaks as she loves York and has been training well. Andrew and Madeleine are very excited about it and looking forward to the race, but we all appreciate that with Enable and Magical in the race it’s a big ask.
“Hopefully Lah Ti Dar will again give a good account of herself”
“Enable is a beautiful, incredible filly and she’s been so fantastic for the sport generally. She’s been absolutely brilliantly handled by John and all the team at Clarehaven and we are very lucky to see a filly of her quality going on and racing at five.
“Lah Ti Dar is a high-class filly and has been knocking on the door in Group 1 company. She showed she can win a high-class race over a mile-and-a-quarter in the Middleton, but I think she’s more effective over a mile and a half.
“She was spectacular when she won the Galtres last year and hopefully she will again give a good account of herself.”
Coolmore have supplemented their two-time Group 1 winner Magical into the contest and the field is completed by her stablemate South Sea Pearl, winner of the Listed Vinnie Roe Stakes and last seen on Sunday finishing behind Dame Malliot in the Group 2 Prix de Pomone.