The five-year-old had been expected to hang up her racing plates after this year's Arc, in which she was narrowly beaten by Waldgeist, when bidding to become the first horse in history to win the Paris-Longchamp showpiece three times.
It was the second defeat of her 15-race career and came off the back of a second win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and in the Yorkshire Oaks, as well as a first victory in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes.
However, far from retiring his homebred daughter of Nathaniel, owner Khallid Abdullah's team announced she would race on in 2020 and target the Arc once more.
Prince Khalid has decided to keep ENABLE in training for 2020. She has come out of the Arc in good form and will not race again this year. Her racing programme will be determined entirely on her well being, with the Arc a target pic.twitter.com/J5UQeadhfC— Juddmonte Farms (@JuddmonteFarms) October 15, 2019
Enable's CV is almost immaculate, with 10 Group 1 wins, including Classics, and the most iconic races in Britain, Ireland, France, and the US. So why race on in 2020?
Connections have not elaborated on why, but it's clear they were disappointed not to have achieved an historic third Arc win in October.
The fact that the victory was denied by ground conditions turning far too soft for her liking, only added to the feeling that she was robbed.
She has the ability, she just needs the luck, and that she did not get when the ground turned from soft to very soft, stunting her blistering finishing speed.
Jockey Frankie Dettori said she gave her all, and that on the day it just was not enough, but on a different day - like in 2017 or 2018 - it might have been. Maybe 2020 will be that different day.
Though Enable will race on in 2020, John Gosden's stable star has been ruled out of this November's Breeders' Cup.
Having won Breeders' Cup Turf last season so impressive at Churchill Downs, she was favourite to take the title once more, this time at Santa Anita.
Her withdrawal from the $4million race promotes her Arc vanquisher Waldgeist to favourite in many ante-post lists, the Andre Fabre-trained colt having earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf by winning at Paris-Longchamp.
Waldgeist is as short as 3/1 to win now, with Epsom Derby star Anthony Van Dyck also 3/1 in places, Arc third Japan next in the betting at 7/2 and Irish Champions Stakes heroine Magical no bigger than 6/1.
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