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Enable Dominates Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Gets Automatic Berth in to Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Thursday, August 24, 2017

YORK, U.K. (August 24, 2017) – Prince Khalid Abdullah’s brilliant 3-year-old filly Enable (GB) earned her second automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships today with a dominating performance over five fillies and mares in the 1½ mile $430,500 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (GI) at York Racecourse.

In winning the Yorkshire Oaks, Enable, a 3-year-old filly by Nathaniel (IRE), trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, secured an automatic berth into the 1 1/8-mile, $2 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge series with a five-length victory over 3-year-old and stablemate Coronet (GB), also trained by Gosden. Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner, Queen’s Trust (GB), finished third, followed by Neswaah (GB), Alluringly and Abington. Enable completed the 1 ½ miles in 2:35.79 over a course listed as good to soft.

Enable, who is now 6 of 7 lifetime, including wins in the Investec (English) Oaks (G1) and Darley Irish Oaks (G1), also gained a berth into the 1½- mile, $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) when she defeated male rivals in the 1 ½ mile King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes(G1) at Ascot on July 29.

“She's the best filly I've ever trained over a mile-and-a half,” Gosden told the Racing Post afterward. “She's exceptional." Gosden also indicated that Enable would start next in the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Chantilly on October 1.

The Breeders' Cup Challenge is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held for the first time at the Del Mar racetrack near San Diego, California, on November 3-4.

Enable became the fifth automatic qualifier into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf this year. Bela-Bela (SAF) was the first to qualify, winning the Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (G1) at Kenilworth in South Africa in January. Foxplay (AUS) captured the Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes (G1) at Royal Randwick in Australia in April, followed by Birdie Gold, who won the Gran Premio Pamplona (G1) at Moneterrico in Peru in June. Dacita (CHI) qualified on August 12, winning the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) at Arlington International Racecourse.

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