Last year’s star filly Enable, not seen as yet this term, could wait until the Group 3 September Stakes on the Polytrack at Kempton to make her belated seasonal return if ground conditions at York ater this month are not suitable for her to bid for the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes.
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old won the Investec Oaks at Epsom last June, then went on to land the Irish Oaks before beating the colts and older horses in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. She then waltzed away with the Yorkshire Oaks prior to putting up a devastating display at Chantilly in October to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in memorable fashion. All her wins have come on good or easier ground.
A series of setbacks have kept the daughter of Nathaniel on the sidelines so far this season, but she is back in training with a viewing to bidding for the Juddmonte International, a race for which she is currently a top priced 7/1 shot with Betfred.
“It would be a fantastic option for Enable as it’s been a stepping stone to some pretty renowned races worldwide,” Kempton’s clerk of the course, Brian Clifford, told the Racing Post. Jack Hobbs won the race a few years ago, and Dubai Gold Cup winner Prince Bishop won the race twice. It’s a Group 3, but based on some of the horses who have historically won it, you’d say it’s a higher-rated contest than that.”
Sir Michael Stoute’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes hero Poet’s Word is the current 3/1 market leader with 888sport for the showcase York race, with another Gosden -trained star, Roaring Lion, winner of the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last month, 10/3 with Betfair to follow up on the Knavesmire. The 2000 Guineas winner and Eclipse Stakes winner, Aidan O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior, is next on the list at 5/1 with Bet365, while another Gosden star, Cracksman, is offered at 8/1 with Paddy Power to regain the winning thread.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.