Enable has been given a break since her Epsom success when she won the Oaks in a record time and it is all systems go for the Curragh this Saturday
EPSOM heroine Enable is in great form ahead of her bid for further Classic glory in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.
John Gosden’s filly saw off hot favourite Rhododendron in brilliant fashion at Epsom in a record time for the mile-and-a-half showpiece.
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She is odds-on across the board to complete the English-Irish Oaks double last achieved by Snow Fairy seven years ago.
Gosden said: “She’s in great form. She’s worked nicely at the end of last week and cantered on Monday. We’re happy with her.
“She won her Cheshire Oaks in great style from Alluringly. We were expecting a huge run in the Oaks and got one.
“She’s by Nathaniel and he got better with age. She’s a scopey, rangy filly and learning all the time. She’s not had a lot of racing.”
The Clarehaven handler has a second string to his bow in Coronet, who was only fifth at Epsom but bounced back to win the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“She got into a muddle at Epsom and didn’t handle the hill.
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“She would have been an unlucky loser of the Ribblesdale. She was checked in the straight and still got out and won. She’s a filly who stays every inch.”
Aidan O’Brien is double-handed for his bid to win the race for a sixth time.
Wayne Lordan partners Alluringly, who was third in the Oaks and sixth in the Ribblesdale, while Seamie Heffernan gets the leg-up on recent Pretty Polly runner-up Rain Goddess.
O’Brien said: “Alluringly is in good form. She ran a bit disappointing in Ascot and we’re not sure the reason why, but she seems to be in good form since.
“It’s a step up to a mile and a half for the other filly (Rain Goddess) and we’re not sure about that.
“She seemed to get the mile and a quarter OK at the Curragh last time, so we’ll find out a lot more about her, but we couldn’t be sure about the mile and a half.”
John Oxx launches a twin assault, with Ribblesdale disappointment Naughty Or Nice set to be joined by stablemate Bengala.
The 10-strong field is completed by Aurora Butterfly, Bean Feasa, Eziyra and Intricately.