Daddys Lil Darling, shown galloping at Churchill Downs prior to the Kentucky Oaks, was a late scratch from the Investec Oaks after losing her rider
In the pouring rain at Epsom Downs, American invader Daddys Lil Darling was on her toes in the walking ring prior to Friday’s Investec Oaks. Turned loose to warm up under jockey Olivier Peslier, the 3-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy shied away from a bolt of lightning and became uncontrollable, refusing to pull up. Peslier appeared to drop his stirrups and swing off the side of the filly to hit the ground, leaving her running loose on the course. The Kenny McPeek trainee was officially announced as a late scratch.
Olivier Peslier parts company with Daddys Lil Darling and the American filly’s Investec Oaks challenge is over pic.twitter.com/eNTGXrCBaj
— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) June 2, 2017
Letting everyone know that Daddys Lil Darling is fine. Peslier got along fine with her a week ago. I should’ve gotten her a pony. I’m sorry
— Kenny McPeek (@KennyMcPeek) June 2, 2017
The rest of the field was faced with turf rated “good” for the 1 1/2-mile contest, and also had to deal with the rain driving down into their faces as they raced the first five furlongs up the hill. Favored Rhododendron sat a good trip in fifth under Ryan Moore for Aidan O’Brien as Pocketfullofdreams led the way.
Approaching Tattenham Corner, Pocketfullofdreams tried to skip away to a five-length advantage, but she would shorten stride badly in the straight. Rhododendron and Enable were on even terms to take over the lead, but it was Frankie Dettori and Enable who pulled away in the final furlong to win by five lengths.
Rhododendron was second, six lengths in front of stablemate Alluringly. Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:34.13, a new stakes record.
Dettori recorded his fourth Investec Oaks victory aboard the John Gosden-trained filly.
Owned and bred by Prince Khalid Abdullah, Enable is from the first crop of Group 1 winner Nathaniel (by Galileo) out of Concentric, a stakes-winning daughter of Sadler’s Wells. Concentric is a full sister to Dance Routine, the dam of champion Flintshire.
The Investec Oaks was just Enable’s fourth career start, but she already owned two victories going into today’s, including a victory in the listed Cheshire Oaks. Enable is the 200th Group 1 winner bred by Juddmonte Farm.
Enable gives Frankie Dettori his fourth win in the Investec Oaks pic.twitter.com/BJdntTuU9y
— EpsomDownsRacecourse (@EpsomRacecourse) June 2, 2017
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