Enable’s Powerful Pedigree
After Enable’s thrilling victory in the Longines Breeders’Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, what better time to re-examine the mare’s pedigree.
The first thing we notice is that she is inbred 2 x 3 to Sadler’s Wells, a fact rarely referred to when we marvel at her achievements.
Sadler’s Wells was Champion Sire in G.B & Ireland 13 times between 1990 and 2003, during which time he sired five winners of the Oaks and the notable stallions: Montjeu (sire of four Epsom Derby winners); High Chaparral (won Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and the Breeders’Cup Turf twice), and his jewell in the crown – Galileo.
Galileo, also won the English and Irish Derby’s, going on to be now, 10 times Champion Sire. Among his produce are three Derby winners – New Approach (2008), Ruler Of The World (2013) and Australia (2014), three Oaks winners – Was (2012), Minding (2016) and Forever Together (2018), not forgetting the sensational Guineas winner, Frankel, unbeaten in 14 races.
Enable’s star-studded third generation also boasts, Urban Sea, winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Silver Hawk, sire of Derby winner, Benny The Dip, Northern Dancer, Kentucky Derby winner and Champion Sire in both G.B & Ireland and North America, and, Mill Reef’s son, Shirley Heights, whose colt Slip Anchor completed a line of three Derby winners.
But what of Enables sire and dam?
Her sire, Nathaniel, won 4 races (from 11 starts) incl: King Edward VII Stakes, Ascot, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, beating Workforce, and the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, Sandown.
Nathaniel sired Enable from his first crop and stands at Newsells Park Stud (GB) at a fee of £25,000 for 2019
Her dam, Concentric, won 3 races (from 7 starts): Prix de Chaillot and Prix de Cheffreville, Lonchamp, Prix Charles Laffitte, Chantilly. She has bred 4 winners from 5 foals incl. Tournament b.g. 2011 by Oasis Dream, won 3 races incl. Ladbrokes Handicap, (AW) Lingfield; 32Red.com Handicap (AW) Kempton; Contribution b.f. 2012 by Champs Elysees, won 1 race: Prix Kasteel, Maisons-Laffitte; Centroid b.c.2015 by Dansili, won 1 race, Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, Leopardstown.
But back to Enable herself. She has won 10 races (from 11 starts): 32Red.com Maiden Fillies Stakes (AW), Newcastle, Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks, Investec Oaks Stakes (race record time), Darley Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Darley Yorkshire Oaks, Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (twice), 118Bet September Stakes (AW), Kempton, Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Churchill Downs).
And dare we hope she stays in training for 2019