Frankie Dettori on Enable and the trainer John Gosden celebrate in the parade ring after winning the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Gosden Blow as Enable Ruled Until at Least August

Leading fancy and defending Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe champion Enable has suffered a setback and will not see a racetrack until late summer at the earliest.

Enable lit up the Flat racing scene in 2017, as she powered through the ranks, mopping up Group One contests for fun and capping off a stellar campaign with victory in the Arc.

Owner Prince Khalid Abdulla elected to keep his filly in training, with the hope of her emulating the mighty Treve and winning a second Arc; the first to be run at the revamped Longchamp.

The Arc remains the aim, but early season targets have had to be shelved following an injury setback.

“Enable has met with a setback in training,” the owner’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said, per At The Races. “She has some filling in her knee which is being fully investigated.

“The advice that we have is, that given reasonable circumstances, she should be ready to run in August as a preparation for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.”

Provided the problem is as expected, there is no reason to believe Enable will not be able to defend her crown in the Arc.

Trainer John Gosden is adept at getting horses fit and well after long absences, and if she is ready to return in August then it gives the Newmarket handler plenty of time to get a run into Enable before freshening her up for the Arc in October.

Enable ran seven times last term, winning her last six outings and she competed once in August – when taking the Yorkshire Oaks by an easy five lengths.

If her recovery goes according to plan, a repeat tilt at the Yorkshire Oaks could be on the agenda, and that would hand Gosden plenty of time to get her at concern pitch for Longchamp.

The news of Enable’s injury setback has seen a minor change in the betting for the Arc. Cracksman, who is from the same Gosden stable, is priced at 5/2 with 188BET – while Enable has drifted a little in the betting to 4/1.

Whether Enable’s setback results in a change of schedule for Cracksman remains to be seen. After seeing the son of Frankel win the Prix Ganay on his seasonal bow, Gosden suggested Royal Ascot would be next on the four-year-old’s agenda.

Enable had been pencilled in for the Coronation Cup at Epsom, so that could come into the mix for Cracksman should Gosden deem it suitable.