Tuesday 15 October 2019

Enable set for Magical rematch

A mouth-watering rematch awaits in tomorrow’s Group One Coral-Eclipse at Sandown as dual Arc heroine Enable faces off against Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up Magical again. Stock photo
A mouth-watering rematch awaits in tomorrow’s Group One Coral-Eclipse at Sandown as dual Arc heroine Enable faces off against Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up Magical again. Stock photo
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

A mouth-watering rematch awaits in tomorrow's Group One Coral-Eclipse at Sandown as dual Arc heroine Enable faces off against Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Magical again.

Enable makes her seasonal debut but John Gosden's charge is a warm-order favourite (4/5) to make it ten wins on the bounce en route to her hat-trick bid in October's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The daughter of Nathaniel - a seven-time Group One winner which will be partnered once again by Frankie Dettori - had Aidan O'Brien's Magical (7/2) three-quarters of a length behind when scoring at Churchill Downs last November and it should be another intriguing duel.

Magical has race fitness on her side having ran four times this season with a hat-trick of victories followed with a fine performance in defeat when second behind Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales at Royal Ascot.

Hunting Horn (66/1) - fourth behind Crystal Ocean last month - also represents O'Brien in an eight-runner contest with plenty of class as Michael Stoute's Regal Reality (6/1) looks to back up his Brigadier Gerard Stakes success.

Several others are on retrieval missions with Hughie Morrison's Dante winner Telecaster (14/1), Stoute's Lockinge hero Mustashry (16/1), David Menuisier's Dancetaria (40/1) and Roger Varian's Zabeel Prince (20/1) hoping to bounce back to their best.

It will be a busy weekend for O'Brien as the Ballydoyle maestro eyes more Classic success in tomorrow night's Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks in New York.

O'Brien landed his first US Derby with Deauville three years ago and sends Cape Of Good Hope (Wayne Lordan) and Blenheim Palace (Michael Hussey) across the Atlantic Ocean this time around in search of the €900,000 pot.

Athena gave O'Brien his maiden US Oaks success 12 months ago and Just Wonderful (Lordan) and Coral Beach (Hussey) will bid to repeat the feat.

Meanwhile, Willie Mullins' Thomas Hobson atoned for a disappointing run on the Flat at Royal Ascot to claim the featured Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary yesterday.

The evens favourite finished tenth in the Ascot Gold Cup but Paul Townend ensured he got home in front of market rival, Joseph O'Brien's Band Of Outlaws, on his return to hurdling. The verdict was a neck to continue a good night for punters at the venue with the first five favourites all obliging, including an early double for Jessica Harrington (Cayenne Pepper 4/9 and Dame Kyteler 1/1).

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