Former champion trainer John Gosden worked both Enable and Roaring Lion at Newmarket earlier today and hinted that the odds on Enable taking her chance in the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York in 11 days time are receding.
Last season’s world-leading middle-distance filly hasn’t been seen in competitive action so far this term due to a series of niggling setbacks, and while the daughter of Nathaniel worked well, her handler appeared to be swaying toward giving Prince Khalid Abdullah’s four-year-old a little more time before building up to a defence of her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe crown. The Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton early next month seeming the favoured option. She has drifted out to 10/1 with 888sport for the Juddmonte International.
“She is very well in herself and in good form. I think it is more likely she will go to the September Stakes rather than rushing to get to York. The thing is for her is she is coming back from an issue, so there is no need to rush her. I couldn’t be more pleased with her.”
Roaring Lion, brave winner of the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last month wher he just got the better of Qipco 2000 Guineas Saxon Warrior, remains on course to run at York on August 24 and is a top priced 3/1 with Bet365. He put in an impressive racecourse gallop under Rab Havlin.
“I was very pleased with him and he worked very nicely,” noted Gosden. “Rab said he had plenty left. He has been in good form since Sandown and we are happy with him. It is an exciting race with Poet’s Word and Saxon Warrior.”
Gosden also has star turn Cracksman (8/1 with LeoVegas) among the entries but his participation remains very much ground dependent. He needs a sound surface and won’t run on ground as fast as at Ascot last month when he was long odds-on but beaten by Poet’s Word in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
“It is too far off to say if Cracksman would run. The fast ground at Ascot wasn’t his scene. He is a lovely horse, but he appreciates getting his toe in.”
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.