Home   Sport   Article

John Gosden's Enable makes history by winning the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs




Enable made history this evening by becoming the first winner of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to triumph at the Breeders' Cup.

Eight horses had previously attempted to complete that particular double in the same season, including the John Gosden-trained Golden Horn three years ago.

However, it was Gosden's star filly Enable that completed the job at the ninth time of asking at Churchill Downs tonight following an epic battle with Aidan O'Brien's Magical down the home straight in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Enable (5187418)
Enable (5187418)

Jockey Frankie Dettori was poised on Enable in fifth heading along the back straight, before mounting a challenge around the turn.

Enable was joined by the Ryan Moore-ridden Magical and the pair soon broke away from the rest of the field, with the Khalid Bin Abdullah-owned filly eventually coming out on top by three-quarters of a length, while Sadler's Joy was nearly 10 lengths further back in third.

"It was a big ask. Everyone knows it has been difficult. She has done it and it was a tough race," said Gosden.

John Gosden (5187448)
John Gosden (5187448)

"It was a wonderful stretch run between two great fillies and two great jockeys. Maybe she is getting better, but she did it today with sheer guts and determination."

It was the second victory of the day for Dettori, who also won onboard another Newmarket-based horse – Sir Michael Stoute's Expert Eye – in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

The colt, who like Enable was wearing Abdullah's colours, was off the pace early on and still had plenty left to do heading down the straight.

Expert Eye
Expert Eye

However, after a handful of disappointments at the top level, on this occasion the son of Acclamation showed a devastating turn of foot to chase down Catapult and Analyze It.

Stoute said: "Frankie was great on him. He scared me a bit, but he was brilliant on him, he knew what was under him."

* Enable and Expert Eye took HQ's tally of winners in Kentucky to three after Charlie Appleby's Line Of Duty was victorious in the Juvenile Turf last night.



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More