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KEMPTON REWIND | Enable returns from a setback to claim the 2018 September Stakes

The Cartier Champion Three-year-old Filly stamped down her Arc title defence with victory at Kempton



Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori wins The Unibet September Stakes at Kempton Park Racecourse.

After suffering a knee injury in training in May 2018, Enable made her long-awaited return as a four-year-old in the September Stakes at Kempton three months later.

The standout start of the 2017 season had claimed six wins in seven races as a three-year-old, with five Group 1 successes including the Oaks and the Arc.

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John Gosden’s Enable won 15 of her 19 starts under rules

With worries lingering on whether the daughter of Nathaniel would return to her former glory, she extinguished all doubts with a top-draw performance on the all-weather circuit.

Going off as the 8/15 favourite, John Gosden’s filly launched from the stalls and dictated the pace from the front.


She began to pull away from her three rivals on the home turn, with Crystal Ocean being the only one to keeps tabs on the superstar.

But Enable was too much to handle and she ran on strongly in the final stages, clearing away from Sir Michael Stoute’s challenger to win by three and a half lengths.

Gosden’s star would land the Arc for a second time a month later before making the trip across the Atlantic to land victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

The filly claimed success in 15 of her 19 races, with her final victory coming in the 2020 renewal of this contest at Kempton