Sunday 23 July 2017

Alluringly denied Cheshire Oaks glory by Enable

Enable wins the Cheshire Oaks
Enable wins the Cheshire Oaks

Alluringly had to settle for second as Frankie Dettori served up a masterclass of tactical riding on Enable in the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks at Chester.

The canny Italian kept on the heels of the pacesetting Erica Bing before making the move that proved decisive as he kicked just before the home turn.

Ryan Moore tried to cover his rival on the Aidan O'Brien-trained even-money favourite Alluring, but Dettori had pinched a handy lead on John Gosden's 2-1 shot, who went on to score by a length and three-quarters.

The first two pulled nine lengths clear of Tansholpan in third.

Kevin Buckley, representing Alluringly's owners Coolmore, said: "They look two good fillies, they pulled nine lengths clear of the third.

"That was all new to her, running around a tight track, and it's why Aidan (O'Brien) sends them. It will have done her good. Ryan was happy with her."

Dettori said of the winner: "She's a very nice filly, who is improving all the time. She is beginning to know what she is doing.

"I liked the way that she quickened, she quickened really well and put the race to bed. She showed me a good turn of foot and she's a very smart filly. She definitely stays, but she's a stayer with a turn of foot."

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for winning owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "We're very happy indeed. She travelled particularly well and Frankie said he felt they were never going a great pace.

"He was always very comfortable and then she quickened and quickened up again, so it was a smart performance. She cornered well and is a lengthy filly. That's the bonus of these races, they are educational for the horses and for us."

Enable had previously finished third behind stable companion and fellow Abdullah-owned filly Shutter Speed in a conditions race at Newbury.

Paddy Power reacted by trimming Shutter Speed to 7-2 from 6-1 for the Investec Oaks at Epsom, with Enable cut to 12-1 from 25-1.

However, Grimthorpe hinted Shutter Speed could switch to the French equivalent, depending on how she performs in the Musidora Stakes at York next week.

He said: "I think distance is going to be at least an issue with Shutter Speed. We're pretty confident Enable will stay a mile and a half, but there is a question mark about Shutter Speed.

"Certainly on her pedigree there is some doubt, which is why she's going to York (Musidora Stakes) next week. She will have the option of the Prix de Diane as well.

"The plan with Enable was to come here today and get her learning and educated on a track like this. For her to develop in the way she has is very pleasing."

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