Anapurna Could Seek Date In France Avoiding Enable At York


Epsom Oaks winner Anapurna was set to face stablemate Enable in the Yorkshire Oaks at the Ebor meeting next week but now it looks like the three year old will head over to France to compete in the Prix Vermeille.

This is still very much up in the air with John Gosden waiting until the final moment to make his decision and it does not seem that the reason for Anapurna not being involved is solely down to Enable being entered, it looks down to how the filly has come out of her heroic run at Epsom but the factor that one of the worlds greatest horses is involved just makes the task of winning that bit harder.

(Credit Racing Post) Owner and breeder of the Group One winning three year old Mark Weinfeld said: "We haven't definitely decided that we're going to run at York. We're going to see how things pan out and what the weather's doing, and take a view at the last minute. 

"She had quite a hard race in the Oaks so we wanted to give her plenty of time to come back. The Prix Vermeille could be another option. We're taking it day by day."

John Gosden has the potential to make a mockery of the middle distance division with Anapurna, Coronet, Lah Ti Dar, Star Catcher and Enbihaar all being superbly talented horses.

However, the star of the lot as everyone will know is Enable and with York looking like a prep run for her third bid for the Arc, Weinfeld admitted it does help things for his filly with her going there.

He said: "I think it does make the Yorkshire Oaks a less-appealing proposition as we'd be hard pushed to win. I think Enable is pretty unbeatable. I've been going through the form looking for holes but I've not found any yet!

"We'll do what John thinks is right for the filly, he's the trainer. But it might be that going for the Prix Vermeille with a fresh horse could be equally appealing."