‘She has really come on and we are ready for the run’: Frankie Dettori pleased with recent progress of Enable ahead of comeback in Eclipse
- Frankie Dettori says he has been delighted with Enable’s progress in training
- Enable will make her return in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown
- Dettori spoke at Saint-Cloud where he led afternoon of British domination
Frankie Dettori says he has been delighted with the recent progress in training of dual Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Enable ahead of her comeback in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.
The John Gosden-trained mare, who bypassed Royal Ascot to give her more time to prepare for her return run, was cut to 13-8 favourite on Sunday by the sponsors ahead of a likely stern Aidan O’Brien-trained test in the shape of old rival Magical and Circus Maximus.
Sir Michael Stoute-trained Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner Crystal Ocean is also a possible runner.
Frankie Dettori says he has been delighted with the recent progress in training of Enable
Dettori said: ‘Enable is well and I am very pleased with her. I have been riding her for the past month. She has really come on and we are ready for the run.’
Circus Maximus, the Derby sixth who dropped back to a mile to land the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, will be a marker for the three-year-olds in the first serious class of the generations this summer.
Just how good the three-year-old crop is has been made harder to gauge by the surprise 33-1 win of O’Brien’s Sovereign in Saturday’s Irish Derby when rival jockeys appeared to give the surprise winner and his jockey Padraig Beggy too much rope in establishing a clear lead.
Jockey Dettori said on Sunday: ‘She has really come on and we are ready for the run’
Dettori was speaking at Saint-Cloud where he and Gosden led an afternoon of British domination.
They combined to win the Group Two Prix De Malleret with impressive Mehdaayih, who bounced back from defeat and a rough passage in the Oaks, and then won the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud as Dettori seized a ground-saving run up the inside rail on Coronet with stablemate Lah Ti Dar in third.
Charlie Appleby’s Art Du Val (James Doyle) smoothly won the Listed Prix de Saint Patrick while, most impressive of all, was Roger Charlton-trained Headman, who smoothly made the transition from handicap company to beat Appleby’s Jalmoud three lengths in the Prix Eugene Adam.
The win was a first in France on his first ride in the country for jockey Jason Watson.