What’s next for Enable and Frankie Dettori after historic win at Ascot?

If you’ve been checking the horse racing results, you must have noticed Enable, and Italian flat jockey Frankie Dettori, romped to victory again at Ascot in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes – landing an historic third victory! 

In doing so, the John Gosden-trained mare became the first horse to win the illustrious race on three occasions, whilst Dettori’s seventh victory in the race was enough to match the record amount of wins set by Lester Piggott. 

Only Enable, Japan, and Sovereign took part in the race, and the latter, who was jockeyed by William Buick, set the pace for most of the running – gaining an impressive seven length lead over his counterparts. 

However, when racing around the final turn, Sovereign, who was looking for another shock victory after her surprise win in the Irish Derby last year, was running out of gas, leaving the door open for heavy favourite Enable to begin to close the gap. 

Dettori glanced over his left shoulder to see where Ryan Moore and Japan were, before giving Enable the go ahead. The six-year-old kicked into gear, striding past Sovereign, before racing five-and-a-half lengths clear of Buick – who still had enough in the tank to hold off Moore on board the second favourite. 

Before treating the viewers to a trademark flying dismount in the winner’s enclosure, an emotional Dettori said: “Quietly I was expecting a good performance, but I wasn’t expecting her to win by five lengths against the likes of Japan.

“I’m very emotional, because I’ve only got her maybe for another two months, so every race is special – and I’m really going to enjoy this one.

“It’s three King Georges for her, and I’ve joined Lester Piggott with seven wins.”

But, what’s next for Enable? Well, it seems likely that the mare is going to race sooner rather than later, with her next outing expected to be at the Ebor Festival at York, towards the end of August. 

The six-year-old built upon her 2017 win in the Yorkshire Oaks, with a victory in last year’s race, and the prospect of Enable going head-to-head with the Epsom Oaks winner Love at the meeting has horse racing fans tongues wagging. 

 “York has always been on the agenda – there are two races (Juddmonte International and Yorkshire Oaks), and we’ll look at both, as we did last year.

“York could be really exciting, with an exceptional Oaks winner (Love) heading there as well,” trainer Gosden said.

Following the Ebor Festival, Enable could head to Leopardstown in September for the Irish Champion Stakes, whilst a trip to Paris for the historic l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp is also on the cards. 

The six-year-old won the illustrious race back-to-back in 2017 and 2018, but was denied three successive wins by Waldgeist last year as she trialled the leader by just under two lengths. 

The mare, who is currently on 11 Grade One wins, is the early joint-favourite, alongside Aiden O’Brien-trained Love, to land her third l’Arc de Triomphe!