Saturday 26 October 2019

Is Frankel Related to Enable?

In the modern history of horse racing, few horses have made the headline and featured in more column inches than Frankel and Enable. 

Race fans have been left astounded by the success of these two thoroughbred racehorses which have proven exceptional talents. 

Both horses are in the ownership of Khalid Abdullah and Juddmonte Farms. But here's a question many race fans ask: 

Is Frankel related to Enable? While others have questioned is Enable Frankel's daughter?

Let's first take a moment to review the achievements of these wonderful horses. 


Frankel, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, foaled 11th February 2008. This bay colt is sired by Galileo, bred by Juddmonte Farms, out of the mare named Kind. 

This exceptional horse was unbeaten in 14 races in a racing career from 2010 -  2012. He won 12 significant Group races. He won total prize money worth £2,998,302. Frankel was given a Timeform rating of 147 making him the highest rating in the organisation's history. 

He was awarded: 

1st in World Thoroughbred Ranking (2011, 2012), European Horse Of The Year (2011, 2012), European Two-Year-Old Colt (2010), European Three-Year-Old Colt (2011), European Champion Older Horse (2012) & Timeform rating 147.  

Read more about Frankel here...


Enable, trained by John Gosden, foaled 12th February 2012. At the time of writing, she has run 15 times, with 13 wins, 1 second and 1 third place. 

This bay daughter of the stallion Nathaniel is out a mare named Concentric. She was bred by Juddmonte Farms. She has won 12 significant races including a dual winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2017, 2018). She continues to race at the highest level and achieved total prize earnings of £10,382,243. 

She has been awarded:

Cartier Champion Three-year-old Filly (2017), Cartier Horse of the year (2017) & Cartier Champion Older Horse (2018). 

Read more about Enable here...

Is Frankel Related to Enable?

One of the major reasons race fans ask if these two superstars of racing are related comes from the fact they are in the ownership of Khalid Abdullah, hence they wear the same racing silks. Frankel is sired by Galileo, while the sire of Enable is Nathaniel, who was also sired by Galileo. Interestingly, Frankel and Nathaniel raced again each other at two and three, competing in a number of races. So they are related by the stallion Galileo, being the father of Frankel and the Grandfather of Enable.