Enable may go straight to Arc and Career Finale, says Trainer John Gosden

There might be just one race left in Enable’s career, following what seemed a significant hint from John Gosden that the great mare might not run again before the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October. The Newmarket trainer reported early signs that she is recovering well from Saturday’s […]

“She’ll tell us what she wants to do,” Gosden said in a phone-in interview on Racing TV on Sunday morning. “She’s very expressive. We talked about it yesterday, actually, with Teddy Grimthorpe as well, whether we go to York or whether we just go straight to the Arc. I think we’ll start making those decisions in the next week.

“I think the key thing is whether she goes to York or whether we do the other thing, just freshen her up, and she runs well fresh, and bring her up to the Arc without having taken any risks in going anywhere else.”

The allusions to risks and to Enable running well when fresh suggest that Gosden is minded to skip a trip to York, which would require the mare to race again less than four weeks after her Ascot exertions. Cutting out York and going straight to Longchamp would allow her 10 weeks between races. William Hill was the first bookmaker to react, pushing Enable out to a top price of 11-8 for the Juddmonte International, while other firms still have her at odds-on…

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