Juddmonte's Enable hadn't run since her victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf last November at Churchill Downs, but the 5-year-old daughter of Nathaniel didn't let that stop her in Saturday's Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Facing off once again with Magical, the Breeders' Cup runner up, Enable and Frankie Dettori took over the lead in the home straight and held off all comers through the finish line.
“It's been a long preparation and she's only started coming to herself the last two weeks,” trainer John Gosden told racingpost.com. “Quite frankly, she's come here at 85 per cent, maybe 90.
“I was slightly concerned in the last furlong but Frankie looked after her, it was a lovely ride. He always wanted to be where he was, he was keen to sit there and she's an exceptional athlete.”
The two-time Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner is being aimed at a third victory in the race later this year, but Gosden suggested her next start would come in the King George at Ascot on July 27.
Magical maintained second by about three-quarters of a length, and Regal Reality finished third.
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