The group one Coral-Eclipse Stakes is the feature race of this sunny Saturday and superstar filly Enable is set to try and be the shining star of the day by continuing her winning run.
Enable is probably one of the best fillies we’ve ever seen. She burst onto the scene winning the Cheshire Oaks at three and subsequently bolted up by five lengths in the Epsom and Irish Oaks. Older rivals weren’t an issue in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and she won the Yorkshire Oaks next time. All of that preparation came down to one of the biggest international contests of them all – the Prix De L’arc De Triomphe. But it was easy – she skipped clear, oozing class.
Disaster struck and Enable picked up an injury, delaying the start of her season to September. That may have played in to her advantage though. The main target for that season – as it will be this year – is to retain her Arc crown. She had a prep in a listed race at Kempton, which she won, and then headed to Longchamp as a fresh, primed horse. The big, brave filly hit the front but Sea Of Class was coming for her. Eating up the ground from the back with every stride. Fortunately the line came in time and she achieved the double by the smallest of margins. From France, she went to Churchill Downs to run in the Breeders Cup Turf. Odds on favourite, she was given a run for her money by Ryan Moore and Magical but, despite Magical getting 4lbs for age, she out stayed her younger rival well.
From the bare form, it’s hard to look anywhere else but this race is ran over one mile two furlongs. This is the only trip she’s every been beaten at, when third behind stablemate Shutter Speed, interestingly. She won on debut over a mile and that may hint to a touch of speed appropriate for this trip but she always seems to be a mare with lots of stamina. The opposition seem to be better suited to this trip in comparison to her so let’s take a look at them…
Magical, a daughter of Galileo from the yard of Aidan O’Brien, has already been seen four times this season. Seven from twelve in total, three of the four runs ended with her in the winning enclosure and the other was a nice second in the Prince Of Wales at Royal Ascot. She is seen to best affect at this trip and she is nicely bred, being a half sister to multiple group one winner Rhododendron and out of a dual group one winning Pivotal mare
(Read about the significance of Pivotal as a broodmare sire here >>https://reinitinracing.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/the-rise-of-pivotal-as-a-broodmare-sire/)
Aidan O’Brien also has Hunting Horn. He followed in Magical last time at Royal Ascot and previous to that had gone globe trotting, finishing 4th in a Stakes race at Belmont, 4th in the Sheema Classic, 3rd in a grade three at Gulfstream, and then unplaced at Churchill Downs behind Enable and Magical, meaning he has a lot to find with them. He hadn’t been seen on a British racecourse before last time since winning the 2018 Hampton Court Stakes by four and a half lengths. Based on subsequent efforts, that could’ve been a fluke.
Zabeel Prince and Mustashry kicked off their seasons in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes at Sandown on the 23rd March. Zabeel Prince won by about three lengths to the second, who subsequently won a group race at Chester, and Mustashry in third. The fourth has since won two listed races so the form is extremely solid considering Mustashry won the Lockinge. He did it really well and was a 11/2 shot for the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot but was left one paced when push came to shove. His only run at this kind of trip was in the Earl Of Sefton so he’s a bit of an unknown. Zabeel Prince won the Prix D’ispahand at Longchamp after that but finished seventh of eight behind both Magical and Hunting Horn at Royal Ascot. He’d better than the latter so I expect that form to be reversed.
Regal Reality won the Brigadier Gerard Stakes on the same day as the aforementioned contest and hasn’t been seen since. He was third to Mustashry and Zabeel Prince in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket last September so will need to step up to beat or get close to Enable. Danceteria was third in the Brigadier Gerard and that was sandwiched by a Listed and a group three victory in the trainers homeland of France. He is well at home in this ground and trip so, considering he’s from a yard who’s in great form, he could be value at 50s for a place.
Last but not least is Telecaster. His connections were devastated when he completely flopped in the Epsom after winning a maiden by nine lengths and the Dante over this trip. Excuses can be made for that run like he probably didn’t stay or handle Epsom. He’s a leading player especially as he only carries 8st11lbs.
I think if Enable was to be beaten in the rest of her career – it’ll be in this, by either the filly Magical who likes this trip or the unexposed Telecaster who is on a retrieval mission. I’m staying loyal to ENABLE , however, as connections wouldn’t send her here if she wasn’t suited and I believe a true superstar should be able to overcome unfavourable terms and she is a superstar.
SELECTION – ENABLE
ITV RACES SELECTIONS
13:50 – Sandown – Garrus
14:05 – Haydock – Mind The Crack
14:25 – Sandown – Greenside / Mojito
14:40 – Haydock – Highgarden
15:00 – Sandown – Encapsulation
15:15 – Haydock – First Eleven
15:35 – Sandown – Enable