Enable returns to the fore on Saturday with a responsibility on her shoulders to light up the 2019 Flat season, which could do with an injection of excitement! We also have Lancashire Oaks and Old Newton Cup action at Haydock…
Enable is unquestionably one of the greatest race mares to ever grace the turf. It is quite possible she is the best, certainly the most versatile and prolific in her quality and quantity of victories around the world. She has not been seen since getting the better of Magical in the Breeders’ Cup Turf last season and nobody really knows how she will cope with ten furlongs around Sandown Park first time out, as Enable as been running over twelve for some time now.
John Gosden’s stable star has a few things to prove here. Namely, the well-being, fitness, adaptability, resilience and drive to fend off the attention of some new, legitimate challengers. But all of the true greats know how to win and do so when it really matters. 1m2f is a sharp test, but Sandown Park is a stamina sapping, demanding racecourse and Enable will not be found wanting for reserves up the Esher hill. All of the vibes around her recent homework and preparation suggest she is ready to Rock n' Roll and if she is - we can only wish the others “Good Luck” in their mission to beat her.
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Up in Haydock Park, John Gosden will unleash another potential star filly in the shape of the very good looking and talented ENBIHAAR. This daughter of Redoute’s Choice looked full of promise at Goodwood two starts back, but she was found wanting for stamina reserves over 1m6f last time out at York. A return to 1m4f in the 2.40pm Group 2 Lancashire Oaks on Saturday can see this filly take another step forward on the path to being a Group 1 contender in the months and seasons to come. She has to beat off and reverse form with a solid operator in Dramatic Queen, but Enbihaar is improving with every start and this trip is more up her street, as she is not devoid of speed and a pinch of class. The likes of Klassique, Highgarden and Nyaleti are all there and respected also, but Enbihaar could just be a rising force in the middle-distance fillies’ division.
Later on at 3.10pm, the £100,000 Old Newton Cup Handicap over 1m4f sees the promising likes of First Eleven and Al Muffrih head the market for this valuable heritage handicap contest. At a big looking price of 20/1 @ Coral, it could pay to have a few quid each-way on the Heather Main trained Island Brave. This 5yo built on two runs in 2019 with a solid win on his third start of the season last time out at Ayr. It was a convincing victory over 1m5f, so this drop back to 1m4f means he won’t be found wanting for stamina around Haydock. Rated 99, a big run here would ensure he gets into the £1m Ebor at York and at 20/1, hopefully he can continue this upward curve.
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