THE mighty Enable is in good nick at the start of her long road back to Paris.
The John Gosden-trained wonder mare was collared by Waldgeist when bidding to win a third Arc last autumn – but she will try to set the record straight later this year.
The six-year-old was unlikely to have been out on the track in the early part of the season so has been unaffected by the racing shutdown.
And Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, reported that the multiple Group 1 winner is showing plenty of promise on the gallops.
He said: “It is incredibly difficult to get one horse to run in one race on particular date in the year. Obviously that date at Longchamp has been in Enable’s diary for the last three years and also this year as well.
“Everything will be geared towards that particular race for her and how that gets played I don’t think in terms of how John would train her this (suspension of racing) is not making a vast difference at the moment.
“Equally she needs to be in the best possible shape come October, but of course how she gets there is very much in the laps of the gods.
“All I can say is she is in very good form. She is cantering up Warren Hill most days, she seems happy and has had no issues, so from that point of view we are very content.”
Juddmonte are heading into the 2020 season with a strong team, including St Leger hero Logician.
Grimthorpe did not rule out the possibility that he could clash with Enable at some stage this year.
He said: “We’re very excited to run him as a four-year-old. Obviously it was Prince Khalid’s decision to keep him in training and it was an important one, because having won the St Leger everyone felt there was more to come from him.
“He had this stomach infection over the winter which was treated, it set him back a bit as it was a serious infection, but he seems fine at the moment and is in light exercise. Whatever happens his season would not have started very early anyway.
“Potentially we are extremely hopeful for him. Just where and what he might do, I think the way he won the St Leger we know he stays a mile and three-quarters and is pretty comfortable at a mile and a half – whether a bit shorter would be in his compass it’s hard to tell at this stage.
“In terms of races one would never know, he would have to show us he was in good enough form and of course the races would have to be available for him, so we may not have a wide choice.
“He has the potential to be an important horse. Whether he meets Enable or not will be up to Prince Khalid.”
Meanwhile, Roger Charlton’s unbeaten filly Quadrilateral remains on target for the rescheduled 1000 Guineas, for which she is favourite.
Grimthorpe continued: “On the whole the 1000 and 2000 are the last two-year-old trials if you like, but she was good enough to win the Fillies’ Mile, so she isn’t that backwards.
“She is certainly a strong filly and from that point of view we were looking forward to the 1000 Guineas in May.
“Equally so with all fillies, especially with the summer and everything else, opportunities become fewer and fewer at times and I think to concertina her season it doesn’t necessarily work in her favour.
“The real question is where we might have gone had things gone well in the Guineas. Would she be a mile-and-a-half horse or a mile-and-a-quarter horse? From that point of view those things need to be answered earlier rather than later, because then you can plan the campaign.
“I saw her before the lockdown, she had grown a small amount but pleasingly she had filled out and was strong and I’ve seen pictures and videos of her fairly regularly and all the pointers seem very positive on her.
“There’s some talk of the British horses racing for the British Classics, the Irish in Ireland and the French in France, certainly there’s some talk of that, at least initially, but I don’t know where we are with that and that’s certainly not gospel by any means.”