The massed ranks of the Aidan O’Brien team stand between Enable and her attempt to make history by winning a third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
O’Brien is responsible for six of the eight entries in British racing’s most prestigious midsummer middle-distance race.
With Enable joined by John Gosden-trained stablemate and Hardwicke Stakes winner Fanny Logan, the King George is a private shoot-out between the two most powerful Flat stables in British and Irish Flat racing.
The Aidan O’Brien team stand between Enable and her attempt to make history by winning a third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday
That bare fact demonstrates an uncomfortable truth – that the best middle-distance horses are in the care of an ever-reducing number of trainers – but take away the trainers’ names and Enable will arguably face the best currently available.
The exception, given that the delayed running of the Oaks and Derby meant quality three-year-olds were less likely to be entered, is Enable’s Charlie Appleby-trained Eclipse Stakes conqueror Ghaiyyath who is being saved for next month’s Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
However, take away the distraction of the trainer names and the opposition for Enable could include Eclipse third Japan, old rival and 2019 Champion Stakes winner Magical, 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck and 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign.
Coral and Ladbrokes make Enable 10-11 favourite to secure her third King George win under Frankie Dettori, who has said he feels the mare has sharpened up for her Eclipse comeback.
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Enable’s owner Khaled Abdullah, said: ‘Everything has been straightforward since the Eclipse and we think she’s come on for that run.’
CORAL BETTING: 10-11 Enable, 11-4 Magical, 4-1 Japan, 10-1 Fanny Logan, 12-1 Anthony Van Dyck, 20-1 Magic Wand, Sovereign, 25-1 Sir Dragonet
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