Eclipse New Target For Enable

Eclipse New Target For Enable

Royal Ascot plans have been wiped out for Enable, with trainer John Gosden now targeting the dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner at a return in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown on July 6th.

The five-year-old superstar has already opted to skip her original pre-season target - the Coronation Cup, held tomorrow afternoon at Epsom.

Teddy Grimthorpe released the news on Wednesday that she will not be seen in Berkshire either as it will come too soon for her.

This caused her entries for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and the Hardwicke Stakes to be scratched, meaning further clashes with the likes of fillies Magical and Sea Of Class are currently being delayed.

Enable has not run since winning the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs last November and an attempt to land a historic third Arc in October remains top of the priority list this season.

(Credit: Racing manager to owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, Grimthorpe said: "Following a piece of work on the Limekilns [in Newmarket] this morning both John Gosden and Frankie Dettori feel Royal Ascot will come too soon for her.

"She will now be aimed at the Eclipse at Sandown on July 6. Her main target remains the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe."

With her seasonal return now pushed back once more, the former Investec Oaks winner is set for a first appearance at Sandown in the Coral-sponsored Eclipse, the Esher venues' summer highlight.

Trainer John Gosden has won the ten furlong Group One three times in the last seven years, with Nathaniel in 2012, Golden Horn in 2015 - who went onto land the French feature later in the season, and Roaring Lion twelve months ago in 2018.

The best of the Classic generation could be amongst the opposition in the contest, and will be much fitter around Sandown's tight turn.

The race could also attract many top milers too who fancy their chances against an un-fit or un-sharp Enable, but five-year-olds do have a fine recent record with four wins in the last nine runnings.

The news caused many bookmakers to panic and drastically shorten Enable's odds from 10/1 in places, to 4/1 favourite for the £750,000 contest.

Sea Of Class, Magical and Crystal Ocean will all feel better off that she has decided to sidestep the royal meeting, but a clash is surely destined further down the line.

We still cannot wait to see her back!