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Classic queen Enable ‘grand’ after Curragh with big-race options open

Sunday 16 July 2017

Enable and her team following her Irish Oaks success

By staff

Enable was reported to be fine following her brilliant victory in the Darley Irish Oaks as connections start to think of her programme for the rest of the season.

The daughter of Nathaniel took the fillies' Classic by storm as she swept clear by five and a half lengths from her nearest pursuer Rain Goddess at the Curragh on Saturday, to supplement her success in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

The dual Oaks heroine's first possible target is the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 29, but that might come quite quickly.

Should that race be too soon, the John Gosden-trained filly could head to York for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 24.

The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on October 1 could be the ultimate objective for Enable, although she does not currently hold an entry in Europe's premier middle-distance race and would have to be supplemented.

"She had a little nick on her leg after the race, but that's all it was. She's grand," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. "It was a wonderful run and we were very thrilled with her.

"Those races are the very nice options that we have, but obviously we'll have to see how she is.

"The King George is less than two weeks away so it may come a bit too soon, but obviously we'll have to look at it.

"If she doesn't go there she'll probably go for the Yorkshire Oaks.

"We'll take it one step at a time. She's not in the Arc, she'd have to be supplemented."

Enable is a best-priced 6-1 for Ascot on Saturday week behind 13-8 favourite Highland Reel, this season's Prince Of Wales's Stakes and Coronation Cup winner. She is also 6-5 favourite for the Yorkshire Oaks with Betfair, although Paddy Power are already as short as Evens. Having been as big as 8-1 on Sunday, Enable is now no better than Coral and Ladbrokes' 7-1.


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