The Harry Bentley column: Little to stop Enable at Chantilly

By Harry Bentley
Fri 29 Sep 2017

Harry Bentley believes there is little to stop Enable in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday and goes through his weekend rides, including Greenside in the Betfred Cambridgeshire.

The Arc:

It is a tribute to John Gosden’s training skills that he has kept Enable going all season and she has got to have a cracking chance of landing the Arc on Sunday at Chantilly.

It is so hard to maintain their form throughout the season, and it is easy to forget she started in April.

It seems that the only thing that can stop her is that she has had a busy time of it. Spotting this is an inexact science, as most work on the gallops is done on the bridle so you never really know until race day. There are telltale signs though. They are just not the same in the mornings. They are lethargic or they blow harder than usual after a gallop. John Gosden has not said anything of the sort so you have to think she is still in the sort of form that has won her four Group Ones.

On that form she stands out and from a decent draw in gate two Frankie Dettori should not have too many problems. That said, nobody gives an Arc away and she will have to be at her best.

It is sad that I won’t be in France to ride Limato to a defence of his crown in the Prix de la Foret but he just wouldn’t have acted on the soft ground there. It is a huge shame, because he is a Group One horse for me to ride but it was obviously the right decision.

Before the Arc we have the small matter of the Betfred Cambridgeshire in which I ride Greenside. It is a special race with over 30 horses charging down the Rowley Mile and there is always loads going on around you.

It is not a race I have had much success in, although I did ride Examiner into third behind Third Time Lucky two seasons ago.

Greenside would have a good a chance as any, judging on his Sandown win and he has not been the luckiest either in his subsequent run in Esher or at Goodwood last time.

My mind is made up for me as we are drawn on the far side in stall 28 so we will see how we go.

Thundering Blue is rightly favourite, having won three in a row and he has the best form.

I don’t envy Jim Crowley, though, as he is likely to have to weave through a fair few runners.

I also ride Dark Liberty in the British EBF ‘Jersey Lily’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap and Livvys Dream in the Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Dark Liberty ran well last time when winning at Redcar and has gone up 6lb for that success. She will need to step up on that to win.

Livvys Dream has had only one run when she finished seventh at Lingfield this month, so there is not much to go on.

I rode rival Altyn Orda last month when we were second to Godolphin’s Peace Trail at Newmarket. She was inexperienced that day and is sure to improve for the run. She should be thereabouts.

Of my rides at Chelmsford Aljuljalah is an interesting ride in the Bet toteexacta at Betfred.com Conditions Stakes after her win last time at Chelmsford. I rode her to finish second behind Salateen at Lingfield last season and she has been a fairly consistent sort since then. She finished second to Muffri’Ha on her next start, and that filly went in at Newmarket on Friday.

Aljuljalah clearly will have a lot in her favour, having won over course and distance and I’m fairly hopeful.

I don’t know much about Brex Drago, who has been gelded since we last saw him in May following a few disappointing runs after a campaign in Dubai. I hope the operation brings out some improvement.

On Sunday Kharbetation remains at 10 furlongs on soft ground in the Bet totequadpot At betfred.com Handicap after his decent run last time at Pontefract.

I'm also on Isabella, who has made all the last two times she has run and I'm hoping the Galileo filly likes Epsom.

Thrave is a lovely prospect:

I was really pleased with the win of Thrave, trained by Henry Candy, in the 7f maiden at Newmarket on Friday afternoon.

I rode him first time and just got touched off, but I wasn't hard on him and he had a proper first education. Today, we wanted to find out a bit more about what was in the tank and once I kicked him out of the Dip he picked up really nice for me to win by almost two lengths.

He's a young horse, but incredibly professional. He's got the right mind on him, which is half the battle. I'm looking forward to him next year because when he strengthens up he will be a really nice prospect.

This week:

I did not expect Ply to win in the manner that he did at Kempton on Monday. He beat Exceeding Power by four and a half lengths and broke the track record, which is some going.

The son of Dubawi came off a strong gallop and won really well. The handicapper is likely to punish him for his exploits so we will have to see what happens next.

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