Trainer John Gosden has confirmed Enable (EVS to win Arc) will run in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks later this month as part of his preparations for a third successive victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The five-year-old was last seen edging out Crystal Ocean (5/1 to win Arc) in a pulsating edition of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot to extend his impressive winning record to 11.

Gosden had been waiting to see how Enable emerged from that race before confirming the mare’s next move and he has now revealed that he will run Yorkshire Oaks on August 22, a race she won back in 2017.

The 68-year-old feels the run at York will keep Enable in good nick, as she would have had too long a break had she not competed between the King George and the Arc.

“The key factor is there are 71 days between the King George and Arc. That is a long time. You don’t want to be letting her all the way down to then bring her back again,” Gosden was quoted as saying by the Racing Post.

“She has been very full of herself since the King George and actually quite playful. It wouldn’t be in our interests to try to keep a lid on her for 71 days.”

Enable, who will be looking to become the first horse to win the Arc three times when she heads to Longchamp on October 6, had been tipped to run in the Juddmonte International at York rather than the Yorkshire Oaks, but Gosden feels the drop in trip wouldn’t have been in her best interests.

“We’ve picked the Yorkshire Oaks because I wasn’t comfortable with bringing her back in trip having just returned to a mile and a half at Ascot, where possibly the best part of her race was the last half-furlong,” Gosden confirmed.

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