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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

We've never had it so good as Juddmonte serves up another helping of Enable

Frankie Dettori enjoys the moment after Enable's Arc success
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Having rightly done some Group 1 celebrating after Enable's Arc victory, Frankie Dettori was in flying form at Tattersalls sales last week, with one regular describing him as "bouncing around like Zebedee".

That is Zebedee as in The Magic Roundabout, not the stallion whose bouncing is of a rather different nature.

But we should all be fitted with a whacking great spring in our step at the news Enable is to stay in training next season. It will shorten the winter.

You would expect nothing else from Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte operation. Abdullah has proved some adornment to Flat racing and trainer John Gosden is simply in awe of the manner in which his bloodstock empire has evolved to the superb in a mere 40 years.

The phrase "from a Juddmonte family" carries real clout in the bloodstock world and needs no elaboration.

Frankel became a hero with the wider public when Khalid Abdullah (left) allowed him to race on

Enable is a filly of magnificence who does not merely win but trounce. She travels, has several turns of foot and can do it on any ground from the hard shoulder of the M5 to Grimpen Mire, soggy and boggy home to the Hound of the Baskervilles.

Enable's margins of victory have been stupendous and without her Aidan O'Brien would have won all ten British and Irish Classics this season. Ballydoyle provided the runner-up in both Oaks.

It was that great and kind prime minister Harold Macmillan who coined the expression "never had it so good", and it is true of all of us who love their racing in the here and now.

Over the last eight years we have been blessed with Sea The Stars, Frankel and Enable. Three London buses of undoubted brilliance all coming round the corner at once.

Now our luck is going to hold for a fresh season with another helping of Enable, a veritable titan of a filly. Good luck and godspeed.

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