Enable could face a couple of Royal Ascot winners as she makes her eagerly-awaited return to action in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. John Gosden has not rushed the dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine into action this term, with all her major targets in the second half of the season.
A third win in the Arc is the primary objective and Frankie Dettori, who has been on board as her work as stepped up on the Newmarket gallops recently, is happy with her progress.
“She’s well, I’m very pleased with her,” he told Sky Sports Racing. “I’ve been riding her for the last month and she’s really come on, she’s ready for the run.”
Aidan O’Brien’s Circus Maximus, successful in the St James’s Palace Stakes, and William Haggas’ Addeybb, winner of the Wolferton Stakes also feature among the 13 contenders, though. O’Brien has also left in Magical, who was second to Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Magic Wand, Flag Of Honour and Hunting Horn.
Michael Stoute has two potential runners in the progressive Regal Reality and Mustashry, who could step back up in trip having won the Lockinge earlier in the season.
Hughie Morrison has left in Telecaster after his disappointment in the Derby, but prior to that he looked very good in winning the Dante at York. Danceteria, Zabeel Prince and Knight To Behold complete the list.
Telecaster’s participation has still to be confirmed though, with a decision expected midweek.
“We’ve stayed in so far and we’ll take a view later in the week,” said owner Mark Weinfeld. “There’s 13 left in. We’d originally thought the Eclipse might come too soon and there’s Enable to think of, but you should never run away from one.
“There’s always a chance Enable might not turn up yet and if we were second to Enable, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. The Dante form was boosted by Japan at Ascot, but we’ll only run if we think it’s the right thing to do. Hughie remains confident that he’s got a big one in him at some stage.”