Ghaiyyath makes all to foil Enable in the Coral-Eclipse
5 Jul 2020
Godolphin star backs up Coronation Cup win by beating superstar Enable
Ghaiyyath proved himself to be a star of the highest order as he produced another superb front-running performance in an excellent renewal of the Coral-Eclipse.
A mouthwatering line-up of seven was headlined by the inclusion of superstar Enable, making her seasonal reappearance at Sandown. However, it was three-time Group 1 winner Ghaiyyath who stole the plaudits, winning in his trademark style leading all the way to foil the Gosden mare.
A great front-running performance by GHAIYYATH and William Buick to win the Coral-Eclipse 🙌
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 5, 2020
As many had predicted Ghaiyyath was sent forward by pilot William Buick from the stalls as has become customary, setting the early pace ahead of Japan and Deirdre in the early stages.
Turning into the straight Ghaiyyath was still out in front by two lengths and his rivals quickly began to send out distress signals with riders all beginning to push their mounts for more to close on the leader.
With two furlongs to go William Buick began to turn the screw out in front; Enable emerged from the pack to make her challenge with most of the less-fancied rivals beginning to tread water. Frankie Dettori’s mare was making inroads in the final stages, passing Japan into 2nd, but her progress was too slow and Ghaiyyath stuck to win decisively in the end.
Jockey William Buick said, “That was a great performance. He’s really grown up. He’s an amazing horse to ride, he really is.”
The versatile Godolphin colt could now look at any of the premiere middle distance races, including the Juddmonte International, the QIPCO King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and a possible final date in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.