Saturday 21 April 2018

Ballydoyle quartet won't stop Enable's procession

Taghrooda was trained by John Gosden. Photo credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire
Taghrooda was trained by John Gosden. Photo credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Johnny Ward

Even while having a day off, Enable was made to look utterly brilliant at York yesterday.

Those who argue that a three-year-old filly being a 5/4 chance at this stage for October's Arc in Paris can hardly reiterate the same belief now, after Ulysses' superb victory in yesterday's feature. He trounced a good field like much the best horse.

Yet, in the King George, Enable beat Ulysses by four-and-a-half lengths. As such, back against her own sex in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, the only reason to be put off by odds of 1/3 is the somewhat dubious maxim that you can't rely on fillies.

Of course, it can be recalled that only three years have passed since Tapestry took this for Ryan Moore, somehow turning over Oaks heroine Taghrooda, which was sent off 1/5 and - like Enable - was trained by John Gosden.

Aidan O'Brien has had four goes at beating Enable this year, Alluringly, Rhododendron, Rain Goddess and Idaho among the Ballydoyle-trained vanquished. Alluringly takes her on again but simply seems more effective over shorter.

However, Nezwaah, which produced a sparkling effort in the Pretty Polly, seems liable to stay and can chase home Gosden's wonder-mare.

At around 25/1, Mamba Noire just might be worth chancing for Ken Condon in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes. It looked quite simple in that seven furlongs did not suit the speedster at Newmarket, but her previous third there behind Clemmie and Nyaleti is extremely solid, and a visor may do the trick.

"She ran a little flat last time but if she came back to her Duchess of Cambridge form, she'd have each-way claims," Condon said.

Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Clemmie, takes on the home hopes with Actress, bidding to provide promising sire Declaration Of War with an early Group Two winner. She is rock-solid, apart from the easy ground being a slight imponderable, as it is with Happy Like A Fool, for which the distance may also be a little too far.

Priced accordingly, Mori is nevertheless hard to oppose in the Listed British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes for Michael Stoute. Bred to be special, she is by Frankel out of Midday, a winner of today's feature event for Cecil in 2010.

Mori was beaten a neck by Coronet in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, with Alluringly well-held. She can probably take this with a similar effort.

The Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes which opens the card has a £300,000 purse, this race something of a carrot to get buyers to spend on the one-year-olds at the sales.

A penalty for winning a much less lucrative Vichy race may actually be critical here, as De Bruyne Horse must give 2lb to Hey Jonesy. Kevin Ryan's son of Excelebration has no issue with an ease and hopefully will not be disadvantaged by a draw in 18.

Chelsea Lad is a hopeful each-way selection in the Clipper Logistics Handicap, while Summer Chorus should be thereabouts in the concluding British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Handicap.

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