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King George Hattrick Enabled by Lack of Opponents
The history books will show that Japan finished third in 2020's Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (mile-and-a-half) at Ascot. He did, but he also finished last. Earlier in the week it appeared that Enable might be joined by a stablemate to face off against a half dozen likely Ballydoyle rivals, however that soon became just the champion mare versus three of Aidan O'Brien's runners – later reduced to only Sovereign and Japan at scratching time. Turning the old theory of the smaller the field the bigger the upset on its head, deep odds-on chance Enable (Nathaniel) toyed with her two opponents, leaving Gr1 Irish Derby winner Sovereign 5.5-lengths in her wake, with a further staggering 11-lengths to dual Gr1-winning Japan. From the very consistent Sadler's Wells broodmare Concentric, Enable's three wins in the UK's leading Group 1 weight-for-age contest is still just half the job done for her final hurrah. What's required now to send her off as the absolute Queen of Europe is a third victory (after finishing second in 2019) in October's Arc de Triomphe. Standing between her and history is Ghayyaith, Godolphin's rising star who defeated Enable at her penultimate run in the Coral-Eclipse.