Enable Possible for Juddmonte International

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Juddmonte's Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), named Cartier Horse of the Year in 2017 off a string of five Group 1 victories at 1 1/2 miles, is likely to drop back to 10 furlongs during her 2018 campaign. The 4-year-old enjoyed a stellar season for trainer John Gosden which culminated in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly in October.

Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said, “I think the [Aug. 22] Juddmonte [International S. at York] and the Arc [on Oct. 7] will be high on the agenda and we will see how we go from there. She takes her races very well and that is a good thing. She will have to carry a penalty in anything else bar a Group 1, but that's not necessarily the issue–the issue is trying to get the right course for her and if that makes sense, carrying a penalty is one of those things.”

“The Group 1 programme is wide and varied enough and there are plenty of opportunities for her over a mile and a half and a mile and a quarter,” he said. “She stayed with John Gosden over the winter and she came back from the Arc in good form and bouncing. There was not a lot to be gained by sticking her out in a field in November. Some [horses] feel the benefit of a break and getting their head down. In her case, she needed to be kept going and there was no great benefit in changing that routine.  We could look at starting her in the [G2] Middleton [at York on May 17] and go on to the [G1] Coronation Cup [at Epsom on June 2], but no plans have been made yet. We are just going to try to make her the best she can be this season. It will be interesting to try over a mile and a quarter, but it's not essential.”

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