Ruby Walsh: What sets Enable apart from Frankel and why John Gosden is such a brilliant trainer

Enable is aiming for a record-breaking third Arc this weekend


Ruby Walsh is hoping that Enable can rewrite the record books and win a third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp this weekend.

Ruby is rooting for the six-year-old to bounce back from last year’s defeat to Waldgeist, while he has sung the praises of a horse that has experienced success all over the world.


Enable has won Group 1 races in England, Ireland and France while also tasting victory in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup in the USA, arguably setting her apart from superstars such as Frankel who only raced in the UK.

Speaking on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, Ruby revealed how impressed he was with trainer John Gosden’s ability to consistently bring Enable up to peak performance despite the gruelling nature of the Flat season.

Winning three Arcs would be a huge, huge achievement.

You see horses win two, three, four times over Jumps with repeat victories in races – I was lucky enough to ride Kauto Star in five King George’s – but the career span of Flat horses is so short.

Colts generally don’t train that long. Yeats stayed on and was brilliant in the Ascot Gold Cup but it’s phenomenal to say that Enable could start in Newcastle as a two-year-old back in 2016 and still be heading back to the Arc for a fourth time this year.

The longevity of it – all those runs on fast ground – and how she’s stayed so sound is amazing. You must commend John Gosden for the job he’s done, to bring her back in peak condition so many times.

She’s also travelled globally. We’ve seen brilliant horses that never left whatever country they were in themselves.

Frankel always jumps to mind. He only ever raced in the UK, whereas Sea The Stars went from Ireland to England and France.

Enable has been to France, England, America, Ireland. She’s got on an aeroplane, travelled and put herself out there.

She is a superstar in racing terms.


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