08/23/2017 10:44AM

Enable strong favorite in Yorkshire Oaks

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Emily Shields
Queen's Trust, shown winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, will run in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Enable, the 3-year-old filly who has soared to the top of European racing in recent months, will be a massive favorite to win her fourth consecutive Group 1 race in Thursday’s $453,950 Yorkshire Oaks at York Racecourse in northern England.

Trained by John Gosden for Juddmonte Farms, Enable was the 3-10 favorite for the Yorkshire Oaks as of Wednesday. Enable has won four consecutive starts, including the English Oaks on June 2, the Irish Oaks on 15, and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 29, all Group 1 races.

Enable’s win at Ascot solidified her status as the future-book favorite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Oct. 1. Frankie Dettori will ride Enable on Thursday. He is likely to have Enable in her typical position as a stalker.

The winner of the Yorkshire Oaks receives a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 4.

The Yorkshire Oaks is open to fillies and mares and drew a field of six – three 3-year-olds and three 4-year-olds, including Queen’s Trust, the winner of the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita last November.

Trained by Michael Stoute, Queen’s Trust is winless in three starts this year. Queen’s Trust was sixth in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes for fillies and mares at Goodwood Racecourse on Aug. 3, a race run on very soft turf.

If there is a threat to Enable, Nezwaah could fill the role. Trained by Roger Varian, Nezwaah won the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at The Curragh in Ireland on July 2 in her latest start. Last fall, Nezwaah was seventh in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine.