The brilliant Enable is set for her return to the racecourse on Saturday. Five times a Group 1 winner last season, including the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, injury has kept her on the sidelines since the spring.
Patience has brought its reward, though, and the daughter of Nathaniel will return to action on Saturday in the £70,000 Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton (2:05pm, live on ITV Racing).
All being well, she will then return to France to defend her crown in the ‘Arc’ on October 6th, which this season returns to a redeveloped Longchamp – or ParisLongchamp as it is now known – having been run at Chantilly for the last two seasons.
Trainer John Gosden described the filly as “fresh in every sense of the word” to the Racing Post this week.
Enable will face four opponents at Kempton, chief among them being Crystal Ocean. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, who finished runner-up in last season’s St Leger at Doncaster – a race that has worked out extremely well – won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and was then beaten a neck by Poet’s Word in the King George VI Queen Elizabeth Stakes in July at the same track.
He is actually rated one pound superior to Enable on official ratings, although Enable will receive eight pounds from him at Kempton. However, Crystal Ocean will come into the race race-fit, which could prove to be an advantage. Everything is set for a fascinating clash.
The Kempton card also contains the £80,000 “London Mile” final (3:15pm, ITV) and the £60,000 Group 3 Sirenia Stakes (4:25pm, ITV).
At Haydock Park, the £300,000 Group 1 Sprint Cup is the prestigious centre-piece of a card carrying £608,500 in prize-money. Following his mishap at Royal Ascot, Harry Angel is said to be in very good form ahead of his bid to repeat last year’s win in the six-furlong contest.
At Ascot, the £80,000 Cunard Handicap (2:45pm, ITV) and £100,000 Lavezza Stakes (3:55pm, ITV) are the features on a very good card that starts at 1:35pm.