Superstar mare Enable retired after stellar career

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Record-breaking mare Enable has been retired from racing a week after coming up short in her bid to win a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The six-year-old, ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden, won a record-breaking third King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.

But after finishing second at the Arc in Paris last year she could only manage sixth place on October 4, with wet conditions hampering her chances.

A potential swansong on British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday had been mooted but a statement from Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte operation confirmed her career was over.

She retires from a 19-race career, spanning five seasons, with 15 wins, including 11 Group-One victories and record earnings for a European-trained horse of £10.7 million ($14 million).

Juddmonte said Enable would begin a breeding career next year and her first partner would be leading stallion Kingman.

Racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said the horse had “brought so much joy to everyone who has been involved with her”.

“In her, Frankie found a willing partner to execute her ability on the racecourse,” he said. “Her CV withstands the closest of inspections. Very few can match what she has given to racing.”

Gosden said Enable had “retired happy and sound after an extraordinary career”. 

“Her daily presence has been a joy and her record in Group Ones… is a marvel and unprecedented,” he added.


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‘She’s been a superstar’: tearful Dettori pays tribute to retired Enable | Horse racing

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An emotional Frankie Dettori said he had cried when the decision was finally taken to bring down the curtain on the extraordinary racing career of Enable, whose retirement was announced on Monday morning.

A sopping wet surface at Longchamp last week killed off her chance of an unprecedented third success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but she is the only horse to have achieved three wins in Ascot’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and Dettori was aboard for all but the first of her 15 victories.

“I did cry last night,” the 49-year-old jockey said. “It was a bit of an emotional moment because we were still thinking about rolling the dice one more time. So it was a blow.”

Although the Arc was widely expected to be Enable’s final outing, she still held entries for races at Champions’ Day this Saturday. Hopes that she might have a final run in England were sustained when she was spotted on the Newmarket gallops last week.

“I had to emotionally accept it,” Dettori said. “But I woke up this morning, I was fine. Now that I know that she’s safe and she’s gone, I’m able to slowly be touched by emotions and just look at the wider picture. She’s done so brilliant for all of us and I love her. I’m never going to forget her. I went to see her this morning. We had a tremendous journey for three and a-half, four years. She was the horse that most touched my heart.”

Asked to pinpoint the memory that would stand out most in his mind in the years to come, Dettori picked Enable’s win in last year’s King George, when she prevailed by a neck over Crystal Ocean, who had been a winner under Dettori at Royal


Superstar mare Enable retired, to begin breeding career

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NEWMARKET, England — One of the most decorated runners in European horse racing was retired Monday when the owners of superstar mare Enable said she had run her last race and would soon begin a breeding career.

The 6-year-old Enable, who was ridden by Frankie Dettori, is the only horse to win the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot three times. She also won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe twice and the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the United States.

She failed in her bid to win the Arc, Europe’s richest horse race, for a record third time at Longchamp this month and that proved to be the final race of a storied career that generated 10.7 million pounds ($13.7 million) in earnings — a record for a European-trained horse.

Juddmonte, the racing operation of Prince Khalid Abdullah, said Enable’s first partner would be Kingman, a leading stallion.

“Her CV withstands the closest of inspections,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, Juddmonte’s racing manager. “Very few can match what she has given to racing.”