British superstar Enable is set to become the hottest favourite at this year's Breeders Cup after being confirmed to run in the Turf on a stellar Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Frankie Dettori had suggested she needed the run when winning back-to-back Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe's at ParisLongchamp, and trainer John Gosden admitted she 'wasn't at her best'.
The team had struggled with her all season, getting just one run at Kempton into Khalid Abdullah's filly before her emphatic French victory earlier this month, and even then, there had been setbacks in between.
Despite all this, Enable has been confirmed to run in the Breeders Cup Turf and is poised to be the famous meeting's star attraction as she bids to become the 15th European to win the $4million test in 18 runnings.
Enable was already the clear favourite in the Breeders Cup Turf betting at a top price of 4/5f, but after Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to her owner, declared her a definite runner, those odds capitulated.
With the race still nearly two weeks and 4000 miles away, the virtually unbeaten four-year-old is now a best price of 4/6 with 888 Sport and generally available at 4/7. Her nearest challenger in the market is fellow top European Roaring Lion - now a general 5/1 shot, with Waldegeist 6/1 and Crystal Ocean 10/1.
In all the antepost Breeders Cup betting markets, there is no other odds-on favourite, and it is likely that Enable's odds will only shorten as Saturday, November 2 approaches, and what could be the filly's final run.
Putting in to perspective her dominance, globally: the next shortest-priced favourite at the Breeders Cup right now is Bob Baffert's unbeaten two-year-old Game Winner at 7/4 in the Breeders Cup Juvenile betting.
Union Rags colt Catalina Cruiser is 2/1 favourite for the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile, representing trainer John Sadler and Hronis Racing, while Grade 1 winner Marleys Freedom heads the Filly & Mare Sprint betting.
Connections have not made a decision on whether Enable will race on as a five-year-old in 2019, the main lure being that chance to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for a record third time.
It could be though, given the training problems she has had in 2018, that her run at Churchill Downs will be her last and that she will follow a likely seven Group 1 win there, with retirement to the breeding sheds.
Speculation will continue until a firm response from Gosden and co, until then Breeders Cup fans have something to seriously look forward to.
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