No decision will be produced just yet over whether Enable offers run for the final time in the girl exalted career, following her sixth-place finish in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Mark Gosden’s brilliant mare found the testing conditions in ParisLongchamp towards her, as Sottsass provided learn French trainer Jean-Claude Rouget together with his first win in Europe’s leading race.
Gosden experienced the slow pace dictated simply by Persian King also worked towards his runners, with Stradivarius completing right on Enable’s tail, and he place that down to the absence of Aidan O’Brien’s contenders, who were dramatically eliminated on Saturday evening due to issues related to contaminated feed.
“If we’d had Sovereign plus Serpentine in there it would have been an extremely different race, but as it has been it didn’t work out for her or even Stradivarius, ” said Gosden.
“Frankie (Dettori) said none horse liked the holding surface, it would have been better if it had been wetter. I did warn people, although.
“They didn’t possess a hard race as it was just a little dash. They weren’t throwing out, so it was a rather elaborate trip for a racecourse gallop up the Longchamp straight. ”
Whilst Enable’s future remains up, Gosden did confirm that triple Precious metal Cup winner Stradivarius will stay within training.
He informed Sky Sports Racing: “I believe Mr (Bjorn) Nielsen is willing for Stradivarius to attempt a 4th Gold Cup.
“With Enable Teddy (Grimthorpe, racing manager) and I will report to Prince Khalid (Abdullah, owner) and he will make your decision whether she has one more race or even retires. It will be entirely his choice.
“We know she gets a great turn of foot. It had been unfortunate she was the meat inside a sandwich at one point as soon as you break your stride because ground it is difficult to get going again.
“To that extent Frankie never touched her with the stick, same with Olivier (Peslier on Stradivarius), the horses weren’t handling the ground so the jockeys looked after them.
“Both are extremely bright after the race that will be extremely good news because you always worry in that ground they might pull something.
“She’s been amazingly consistent. She won her maiden, got boxed in when we ran her in a conditions race which we won with yet another filly, but after that she won everything apart from last year’s Arc and this year’s Eclipse.
“Her mental attitude and mental strength set her apart, she’s so determined, positive about her training, but she found her training tougher this year.
“It’s a pity it was not good to soft ground and an even gallop, but it wasn’t. We’d been lucky we’d had that in the two years we won and were second, but today was very different and quite frankly that didn’t play to her strengths at all.
“It was Prince Khalid’s decision to use again this year and whether she runs again will be his decision.
“It’s a long time to the breeding season. She’ll reveal and if she gives me the proper signs we’ll see. If she seems like she’s had enough of racing then fine, but it did not look that way when she came off the track. ”
For Grimthorpe there are way too many positive memories with Enable for him to feel downhearted.
“It wasn’t what we’d hoped for, there’s no doubt about that, but we owed her – perhaps not the other way around, ” that he said. “The pleasure she has given us has been exceptional in most way.
“Three King Georges, two Arc de Triomphes, Breeders’ Cup, Eclipse, Oaks, Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks. It’s a fantastic CV for any racehorse.
“Prince Khalid appreciates keeping horses in training and he accepts (what can happen), it just hasn’t worked out the way we hoped it would.
“The ground was very soft and she didn’t act on it well enough.
“She did get a nasty bump, but they had gone quite slowly and it turned into a bit of a sprint – that’s not an excuse, if she’d been going well enough that sort of thing doesn’t happen, so we can’t say that is why she was beaten.
“She’s been exceptional, but there’ll be no immediate decision – we’ll get her straight back, look at things, check her out and give it some thought and most importantly come up with an answer. ”