Epsom heroine Enable completes English/Irish Oaks double
July 16, 2017
Trainer John Gosden claimed his sixth Irish Classic and his second Darley Irish Oaks as Epsom heroine Enable did the English/Irish Oaks double in emphatic style at the Curragh on Saturday.
Frankie Dettori was back onboard the 2/5 favourite and always held a prominent position on the daughter of Nathaniel and the pair kicked for home two-furlongs out and went on to record an impressive five and a half length success in the colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah.
John Gosden said; “I don’t know how good she is but she is probably the best we’ve got. We walked the track beforehand and it was in beautiful condition and I thought Frankie rode her beautifully. It’s nice to have him back!”
“She’ll take on the colts at some stage, she is in the King George and the Arc and she is also in the Yorkshire Oaks so she has options, but as always, the horse will tell us when she is ready.”
Frankie Dettori commented; “She is a true professional, she’s electric and is the reason I came back so early.”
There was a thrilling finish to the Group 2 Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes with a British-trained 1-2 as Caspian Prince upset the odds on favourite Marsha by a shorthead.
Tony Coyle’s charge was winning for a 14th time and was ridden by former champion jockey Declan McDonogh.
Aidan O’Brien enjoyed a treble by bookending the card with the well-backed The Pentagon winning the opening Club Godolphin Irish EBF Maiden under Ana O’Brien and the concluding Heffernan Tyres Maiden was won by Seamie Heffernan on Air Supremacy. Heffernan also struck on Actress in the Jebel Ali silver Jubilee Anglesey Stakes who proved too good for Jim Bolger’s Theobald.
It was an all ladies success in the Boodles Ladies Derby over the Derby and Oaks track. Trained by Denise Foster, ridden by Lisa O’Neill and owned by Jules Sigler, Miles To Memphis held off all challengers inside the last furlong to win the valuable handicap at odds of 9/2.