ASCOT, England (AP) — Enable captured an unprecedented third win in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday after one of British horse racing’s top events started with the smallest field in its history.
Only three horses were in the running for the race at Ascot and Aidan O’Brien’s pair, Japan and Sovereign, couldn’t live with their superstar rival ridden by Frankie Dettori.
Setting off as the 4-9 favorite, Enable rounded the home turn behind Sovereign but accelerated past after Dettori took a nonchalant look over his shoulder to see Japan toiling.
Enable pulled clear and was never threatened, with Sovereign taking second place.
“I told Frankie to ride her with a lot of confidence and travel for as long as he could, and she did,” Enable’s trainer, John Gosden, said. “She is back in top order, no doubt about that.”