Classic Winner Enable Hopes To Complete Oaks Double Saturday At The Curragh

Frankie Dettori will return to the saddle later this week after missing a month due to a shoulder injury

Epsom Oaks heroine Enable remains on course to bid for a Classic double in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

John Gosden’s filly was a brilliant winner on the Surrey Downs, seeing off Aidan O’Brien’s red-hot favourite Rhododendron by an emphatic five lengths.

The daughter of Nathaniel has had over a month to recover from those exertions and the Clarehaven handler is looking forward to seeing if she can become the first filly to complete the English-Irish Oaks double since Ed Dunlop’s Snow Fairy seven years ago.

Gosden said: “Enable is in good form. We have freshened her up after the Oaks at Epsom and she is building up nicely for the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

“I’ve been happy enough with her and the plan always was to go to the Curragh after she won at Epsom.

“She hasn’t been over-raced. She was impressive at Chester and Epsom and she won a two-year-old race well towards the backend.

“We are hopeful that she is very much going in the right direction.”

Gosden could yet be double-handed, with Ribblesdale Stakes winner Coronet set to be left in at the confirmation stage.

He added: “I’m leaving Coronet in at this stage. She won the Ribblesdale in good order.

“She got free late and finished very strongly and I’ll obviously discuss matters with the owners. We will have another look after Tuesday’s confirmation stage.”

Frankie Dettori is set to be on board Enable once more, with the popular Italian due to return from an injury that ruled him out of Royal Ascot at Newmarket this week.

“I’ll be back on Thursday and fingers crossed it should be all systems go for the Curragh on Saturday,” said the jockey.

“Enable is a lovely mare, she won a Classic by five lengths and the obvious choice of race was the Irish Oaks.”

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