Enable no bigger than 11-10 for Arc following Yorkshire Oakes routPublished August 27, 2017
Enable – 11-10 For Arc with bet365
Nezwaah – 16-1 Champion Fillies and Mares with Skybet
Thursday’s Darley Yorkshire Oaks was expected to prove little more than a formality for this season’s outstanding middle-distance filly Enable, easy winner of her previous four starts including Classics at Epsom and the Curragh prior to a comprehensive victory the Group 1 King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
With the runner-up in Ascot’s midsummer highlight, Ulysses, proving too good for the likes of Churchill and Barney Roy on the Knavesmire in Wednesday’s Juddmonte International the form of the Berkshire contest could hardly have worked out any better, leading to the daughter of Nathaniel going off a prohibitive 1-4 to see off her five rivals in Thursday’s feature.
ULYSSES wins the Juddmonte International Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) pic.twitter.com/H2765265Yv— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) August 23, 2017
While the opposition looked to have a mountain to climb in an effort to cause yet another shock at a meeting notorious for upsets over the years, one such being that of another outstanding Gosden filly Taghrooda who was beaten at odds of 1-5 in the 2014 renewal, tactics employed on the second favourite Nezwaah seemed to play right into the hands of the hot favourite.
Sent straight into the lead by Frankie Dettori and allowed to dictate at his own pace, Enable in effect got a good six length head start on Andrea Atzeni’s mount who, despite staying on strongly to almost snatch third place on the line, had no chance of making any significant impact in the outcome of the race. Roger Varian’s improving filly could easily bounce back to winning form during the autumn and looks overpriced at the 16-1 available for Ascot’s Champion Fillies and Mares race in October.
Meanwhile all roads lead to Chantilly on the first Sunday in October for the best middle-distance filly in Europe who is now a top price 11-10 with bet365 for the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, of which Gosden said following her five length demolition of stablemate Coronet at York: “ That’s a bit silly, but we’ll give it a go. She would be the best mile-and-a-half filly I have ever trained. Golden Horn would be the best mile-and-a-half colt. The Fugue was the best mile and a quarter and Royal Heroine was best at a mile.”