Enable will face five rivals when she attempts to secure a fourth successive Group 1 success in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday.

The outstanding John Gosden-trained three-year-old, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, will start at prohibitive odds to extend her run of victories in the near mile and a half feature.

The daughter of Nathaniel has won the Investec Oaks, Darley Irish Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by an aggregate of 15 lengths on her past three starts.

However, Gosden stars have suffered shock reverses in York in recent years. Taghrooda had a similar profile to Enable when beaten at 1/5 in the 2014 running of the Yorkshire Oaks, while Golden Horn, winner of the Investec Derby and Coral-Eclipse, was beaten at 4/9 in the Juddmonte International a year later.

“In all the big races everything has to go right, it doesn’t matter who or what you are,” Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager for Prince Khalid, said. “If you don’t bring your A Game then, no matter how good you are, you are not going to win.

“That is the hardest thing for people outside racing to understand. They are not machines and you can’t just change the tyres, fill up the oil, or whatever. When a horse is on form it always looks like smooth clockwork, but getting them to the races and in the best shape of mind is not an easy thing to do.”

“Touch wood, Enable has taken it all very well so far. She handles herself well under pressure, which is always a good sign. In the preliminaries she’s well collected and within herself, which is important before a big race.”

Enable is a top-priced 5/4 for her next intended outing, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on October 1st, and after that her connections hope she will be able to take up one of her two engagements on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on October 21st.

Gosden will also be represented by Coronet, who landed the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Aidan O’Brien, who saddled the first two home last year - Seventh Heaven and Found - relies on Alluringly. She resumed winning ways at listed level at Gowran Park on her latest start but has twice finished well adrift of Enable this season.

Nezwaah who won the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes in emphatic style at the Curragh, will be having her first run beyond a mile and a quarter.

“It was frustrating to miss the Nassau but I think it was the right call and we’ve got a fresh filly on our hands to have a crack at Enable and the others,” he said. “I’ve got every confidence she will get the trip. She was very strong at the line at the Curragh when she won the Pretty Polly. Her mother got better with age and she improved when we stepped her up her up to a mile and a half,” said trainer Roger Varian.

The Newmarket trainer added: “Neswaah is a Group 1 winner but I think she’s still slightly unexposed and I’d say she’s the unknown quantity in the line-up. If the mile and a half brings out a bit more improvement then we will have a very exciting filly on our hands.

Sir Michael Stoute is seeking to saddle the winner of the Yorkshire Oaks for a remarkable 10th time. He relies on Queen’s Trust, who won the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita last year after finishing third in the Yorkshire Oaks, and the Ballymacoll Stud-owned Abingdon, a three-time listed race winner.