She came, she saw and, by golly, did she conquer.

Enable, the unstoppable filly from John Gosden's yard, will head to Chantilly for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on top of her form after she slalomed to victory in the Yorkshire Oaks on the second day of the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse.

The daughter of Nathaniel has now won five races on the spin, four of which in top-class company, and is the worthiest of short-priced favourites for the big race in France in the autumn.

Gosden said: "She's somewhat special. I think at a mile and a half she is the best filly I've ever trained.

"She'll go the Arc. The timing between this and the Arc is lovely."

Enable's star cannot get that much higher, but Threading has only just got going.

Mark Johnston's Lowther Stakes winner is a filly of some standing and could next year be a valid Classic player herself if she continues to progress as connections expect.

The Middleham handler said: "She stayed the trip very well and the Guineas would be in our minds.

"That's the dream for the moment."


Who else can it be? Enable was so strong, so silky-smooth and so good in the Yorkshire Oaks. For the first time in her career, she made all the running - and it did not matter one jot. The outcome was as uplifting as it was destructive. On this evidence, her Arc rivals should not even bother turning up. As if her class is not enough, she even gets a weight allowance.


Robert Winston quietly goes about his business, without ever really getting the kudos he might deserve, and he excelled aboard Flaming Spear in the Clipper Logistics Handicap. Winston was nicely drawn in stall five and fought hammer and tongs to keep in the ideal pitch from the outset. Whereas runner-up Qassem had to come wide, Flaming Spear stayed arrow-straight under strong handling and won by nearly two lengths.


Richard Hannon on jockey Sean Levey after winning the valuable sales race with Tangled: "It's nice for him because he'd been moaning to be about his car. It's one 170,000 miles and it's only 180,000 to the moon. At least he can buy a new one now."


"Credit for not wrapping her up in cotton wool and allowing all on the Knavesmire to enjoy the majestic Enable." ITV commentator Richard Hoiles (@RichardHoiles).