Trainer John Gosden is now targeting the King George after stable star Enable won on her seasonal debut in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.
The bay mare had not been seen since November 3 when winning at Churchill Downs in the USA over 1m4f. Enable has now won 10 races in a row, while she has only lost one race in her 12-race career.
She is only the third of her sex to win the showpiece after previous victories for Pebbles and Kooyonga. Jockey Frankie Dettori moved Enable into the perfect position during the crucial stages as he waited patiently by Aidan O’Brien’s Hunting Horn.
The odds-on favourite then took the initiative to deliver the goods, with Magical finishing second and Regal Reality in third. Gosden is now planning a run in the King George after admitting he could not be any happier with her performance.
He said: “It’s been a long preparation, she’s only started coming to herself the last two weeks and quite frankly she’s come here at 85 per cent (fit), maybe 90.
“The last furlong I was concerned and I told Frankie if she gets tired you look after her. This is not a prep, it’s an Eclipse, but it’s a prep for the rest of the year.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled with her. Frankie wanted to be where he was and she is an exceptional athlete – to come from an eight-month lay-off to win an Eclipse is not an easy thing. “We didn’t go for racecourse gallops.
We trained her at home and she’s done it all herself. The King George next is the plan.”
Enable is 1.80 favourite for the King George on July 27, while Crystal Ocean is her closest rival at odds of 5.00.