The magnificent Enable: and her mighty ancestors

“Look back into your mighty ancestors”  Henry V by William Shakespeare


I have watched the video of Enable’s recent King George victory dozen times.  To me, she’s the perfect racehorse:  beautiful, bold, and with a brilliance stride.  I know that my former employers, Eddie (EP) and Winifred Taylor would certainly agree.  And, I suspect they would be pleased to see their great stallion, Nearctic, appearing in Enable’s family tree a total of 4 times.

Nearctic is, of course, sire of the Taylor’s Northern Dancer and these  two Canadian stallions dominate the Thoroughbred bloodlines like no other.

Enable’s sire, Nathaniel, is a great-grandson (Galileo, Sadler’s Wells) of Northern Dancer.  His dam, Magnificent Style,  is a granddaughter of another Nearctic son, Icecapade.


Like Northern Dancer, Icecapade is son of a daughter of Native Dancer.  His dam, Shenanigans, was also dam of Ruffian.  During 2 brief seasons – 1974-75 – Ruffian was declared the greatest filly in US Thoroughbred sport.

Icecapade won 13 races.  His son, Wild Again, was winner of the 1984 Breeders’ Cup Classic. In 1997, Elmhurst, a son of Wild Again, won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.  My personal favourite of this lineage was Whiskey Wisdom.  He was standing at stud during my tenure working for the Taylor family at Windfields.  Whiskey Wisdom, like Enable was elegant and possessed a beautiful, seemingly effortless stride.


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