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Enable the star attraction on Ladies’ Day

21 Aug 2019

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There’ll be just one horse who will be the talk of the town on Thursday. Yes, it’s Enable

Day at York. John Gosden’s star filly is goes for a remarkable 10th Group 1 win and you’d have to be a brave man to oppose her.

She will face just three rivals, but it’s superb news for fans of the sport that Magical has been supplemented for the race by Aidan O’Brien. This means we’ll see the best filly and the best mare in Europe line up against each other.

Enable has proven a couple of time that she is the better horse, but Magical is very tough. Aidan O’Brien is clearly very pleased with her at home or they would not have supplemented her. There’s no doubt most will want to see John Gosden’s mare come out on top though, and she has won the hearts of many a racing fan – it’s going to be a fantastic day on the Knavesmire.

I have the four rides on the day with my best chance of a winner for the entire week coming in the British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes aboard Search For A Song. I’m really thrilled to get the chance to ride her as I thought her 4th placed finish in the Irish Oaks showed a lot of promise. If she can replicate that level of form then I think she’ll take a fair bit of beating; she’s lightly raced and you’d be hopeful there’s still some more improvement to come.  It will be my first ride for master trainer Dermot Weld and I’m both hopeful and confident it can be a winning one.

My day starts though in the Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes aboard maiden winner Nasaiym. She’s obviously stepping up a bit in class, but she’s a horse with a fair bit of talent about her. She will have to improve on her first run but that is something she is definitely capable of doing.

I then get the leg up aboard Richard Hannon’s colt Cheat in the Goffs Yearling Sale. This looks fiercely competitive on paper and you’d have to say that she’ll need to improve on her form to date to figure. But her second place finish last time out at Salisbury showed that she’s very much still improving and we’ll have to hope she’s got even more stashed away in her locker.

My fourth ride comes in the shape of Via Serendipity for Stuart Williams in the 1 mile Clipper Logistics handicap at 3.00pm. He’s a consistent sort that’s certainly capable of playing a big role off his current handicap rating of 94. He actually won off a 1lb higher mark earlier in the season, though that was on the all-weather at Chelmsford. I’ll be hoping that after a few misses on the turf since that he’s dropped down to a suitable level with which he can put a big run in.