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WATCH: 'Filly of a lifetime' Enable crowned Horse of the Year
on 15 November 2017
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner scooped the top award at the Cartier-sponsored evening in London this week

Outstanding filly Enable, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, was crowned both Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly in London on Tuesday.

The daughter of Nathaniel, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, win five Group 1 races - the Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

On accepting the Horse Of The Year award, Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to the owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah, said: "It is unbelievable. I think for John, for Frankie, the team at Clarehaven (Stables in Newmarket) and Imran who looks after her, it is quite unbelievable. For Prince Khalid, it gives him such a glow it's hard to believe.

"Prince Khalid likes to see his horses race and that was the overriding desire in deciding to keep Enable in training next year, providing she came out of the Arc all right.

"With a filly, it is a slightly easier decision because, while you are putting them back in harm's way, you are only losing one potential foal whilst with a colt there are huge commercial risks. With a horse like Enable, she is there to enjoy."

Her trainer John Gosden added: "Funnily enough, when Frankie came back with a broken shoulder and probably shouldn't even have ridden in the Irish Oaks, he said 'John, we have found another one. She goes and then she goes again.' I think he was very clear, Enable is very special.

"It is down to one thing, as Anthony Oppenheimer said earlier. Both Enable and Cracksman come from owner-breeders - they come from the farms where they are bred and brought along. It is the people on the stud farms who do all the work and we are just the lucky guys who get to train and ride them.

"I think we are going to have to guide separate paths for Enable and Cracksman next year. Mr Oppenheimer and Prince Khalid are both wonderful owners and if we are really lucky, they will meet in the Arc at the new Longchamp and give that little man (Frankie Dettori) a tricky decision."

Frankie Dettori, who rode Enable in all of her five consecutive G1 triumphs this year, commented: "What a great evening. Thank you to Laurent (Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK) and Cartier for 27 years of the Cartier Racing Awards.

"I have been very lucky to have such a great filly to ride in Enable, bred by Juddmonte and managed by Lord Grimthorpe. John is a great mentor and fantastic trainer. Imran rides her every day and has done a great job.

"Enable is very special. She won an Oaks by five lengths, an Irish Oaks by five and a half lengths, a King George by four and a half and then an Arc by two and a half. She has been absolutely tremendous and as John has said, she is a filly of a lifetime.

"You will get to see her again next year and what is amazing is that in my 30 years of riding I don't think I have seen a horse with such a tremendous capacity - when she takes a breath, she actually moves my legs when I am on top of her. She is an amazing specimen of a filly and I am so privileged to be able to ride her. Thank you to everyone."

On accepting Enable's Cartier Three-Year Filly Award, Lord Grimthorpe said: "It's overwhelming. A huge thank you to Cartier and Laurent, the Daily Telegraph, Racing Post and all the voters.

"Prince Khalid will be absolutely chuffed to bits. He kept on asking me when the Frankel days were coming to an end - 'what happens next'? I said 'it's not going to be the same, sir' and he replied 'why not?'

"I couldn't really give a very good answer but I am absolutely thrilled that this fourth generation Juddmonte filly has come along and proved a great answer. Thank you very much."


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