John Gosden commented last week that the York racing public were probably the most knowledgeable in the country, and boy did they respond to his two stable stars and their indefatigable rider Frankie Dettori this week.
Seeking her tenth Group 1 win, Enable was sent off the 1/4 favourite for Thursday’s Yorkshire Oaks and with none of her three rivals willing to move up and set the pace on the Knavesmire, Dettori set his own fractions and to great effect.
Heroic Welcome from York Racegoers
After Enable began to pull clear of her small but select field, the cheers rang around and the reaction to the Queen of the Turf’s victory actually had the Italian rider in tears as he faced the cameras, still aboard the amazing daughter of Gosden’s brilliant former charge Nathaniel.
Having been brought back in and having stood firm beneath another Dettori flying dismount, Enable was taken on a lap of honour and it was so noticeable how many people had come to simply watch this filly move both before and after the race. The mark of a true racing great.
Amazingly this event was described as a prep-run by Gosden as Enable now goes for an unprecedented third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris, her second Yorkshire Oaks win likely her British swansong.Seeking her tenth Group 1 win, Enable was sent off the 1/4 favourite for Thursday’s Yorkshire Oaks and with none of her three rivals willing to move up and set the pace on the Knavesmire, Dettori set his own fractions and to great effect.
As if this wasn’t enough, Enable’s teammate at Clarehaven Stables Stradivarius was a hot favourite to land the Lonsdale Cup on Friday for the second year in a row.
The Stayers’ Million, a £1million bonus offered for any horse who can successfully win a number of selected staying races, was only inaugurated last year and was promptly won by this small but tough son of Sea The Stars.
Now, having gone down the exact same route unbeaten again; the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup little Strad was in line to land this huge pot for the second time.
Sent from the gates the 4/9 favourite owing to his reputation, he had to give away 3lbs to improving rivals with his main foe Dee Ex Bee this time being sent to the front to try and run the finish out of him. Frankie reeled them in with a furlong-and-a-half to go though and then quickened on to score yet again.
Although they are only two from a very powerful stable, Enable and Stradivarius have now raked in more than £13.7million in prize money and bonuses between them.
Their success has also been a source of pride for those at Newcastle Racecourse, the venue of both horse’s first career wins. The fair tapeta track and uphill finish has meant that Gosforth Park has attracted some really nice types in recent times, with subsequent St James’s Palace Stakes winner Without Parole also debuting there as well as Headman, a two-time Group 2 winner being aimed at the top level this autumn.
Bat Mobile Breaks Course Record
Straight after Stradivarius had won the Lonsdale and Threat had taken the Gimcrack, the enigma that is speed demon Battaash had his third go at the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes on Friday.
This time he was not unsettled and once again showed us what he could really do. The 7/4 second-favourite hit the front fully two furlongs from home but simply bolted clear to win by 3¾ lengths in a performance that is likely a new career best, done in a course record time too!
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