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Enable has quickly established herself as the best three-year-old middle-distance filly in training. She may even be better than the Classic generation of colts, too, and we may find that outr later in the season.
After a taking success in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester, the Khalid Abdullah-owned Enable started 6-1 second favourite for the Investec Oaks at Epsom, with the QIPCO 1000 Guineas runner-up, Rhododendron, all the rage and sent off at odds-on.
In a dramatic renewal, run in heavy rain with thunder and lightning rumbling around the track, the front two in the betting had the race between them from two out.
Rhododendron, trained by Aidan O’Brien, moved upsides Enable seemingly going the stronger but it was a different story by the end. Enable galloped on relentlessly to win in a record time under Frankie Dettori as the favourite buckled and, by the end, was five lengths clear. Rhododendron could simply not keep up, but she in turn was six lengths clear of the third home.
Trainer John Gosden was enjoying a second Oaks triumph and said: “She is a big powerful strong filly. She always had a good frame on her and she filled it out well.
“I just took my time with her and gave her one race as a two-year-old at Newcastle over the straight mile which suits that type of horse and then she ran great at Newbury [finished third, April 21]. The Investec Oaks was some race. Nathaniel [sire] was a proper mile and a quarter/mile and a half horse and Concentric [dam] is a wonderful mare from a beautiful family.
“She is a magnificent filly. Khalid has strong views as to where he likes his horses to run as he knows the race programme inside out but obviously, you have races like the Irish Oaks or go for the King George so these are all things to think about.
“We can dream of the future. I would not see the point of taking her back to mile and a quarter because there so many wonderful races at a mile and a half.”
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Abdullah, remarked: “From two furlongs out, I was very nervous as Rhododendron seemed to be travelling so well but Enable ran on, lengthened and put the race to bed.
“There was a good gallop but Classics should be run at a good pace as we are trying to find out if we were good enough and whether we can breed from them – that is the whole ethos of the owner-breeder.”
Enable started 2-5 for the Irish Oaks on her next start and was similarly impressive, winning easily by five and a half lengths from another O’Brien inmate in Rain Goddess.
The Yorkshire Oaks seems Enable’s next likely destination. She will again take plenty of beating.
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