Dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable is reported to be in rude health as connections begin to make plans for her eagerly-awaited return to action.

Despite enduring a troubled preparation, John Gosden’s star mare successfully defended her crown in an epic renewal of the Arc at ParisLongchamp last October, narrowly denying the late lunge of the William Haggas-trained Sea Of Class.

In doing so Enable became the eight dual winner of Europe’s premier middle-distance contest and the following month owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah delighted racing fans when confirming she would stay in training as a five-year-old – with a bid to make history and become the first three-time Arc winner top of her agenda.

Speaking at The Landmark Hotel in London on Wednesday, Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe reported Enable had returned to light exercise, and is understandably excited about the year ahead for her.

“She is in good form. She is not doing much at the moment. John says she is very happy. We will get on the move in February/March,” said Grimthorpe.

“We’ve discussed things many times and there is no real plan apart from the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – that is the main objective.

“Two things will determine how she gets there – one being her well-being and the second is John Gosden’s pleasure.

“So far it is all good.”

While stopping short of confirming a comeback target, Grimthorpe admitted the Juddmonte International at York in August is likely to be strongly considered at the very least.

He added: “I don’t want to nail down a race now, but obviously the top 10-furlong and a mile-and-a-half races will be considered.

“I think it (Juddmonte) is an important race for Prince Khalid and he likes to win his races if he can. We will have to see – it would be on the horizon.”

Enable’s place in history is already confirmed after she became the first horse to win the Arc and at the Breeders’ Cup in the same year.

Reflecting on that success, Grimthorpe said: “The Breeders’ Cup (Turf) win was very emotional because of the setback she had in the spring.

“Coming away from the Arc and winning at Churchill Downs was very special.”


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