Enable primed for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes battle with Frankie Dettori | Racing | Sport

Enable primed for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes battle with Frankie Dettori | Racing | Sport

Updated: 30/01/2023


After the great mare flexed her muscles on the gallops at Newmarket on Monday, Gosden said: “She won the race as a three-year-old, getting the weight.

“It’s a little different when your older and suddenly you got a Derby winner, Anthony Van Dyck, coming at you.

“He’s getting the weight and you’re also getting that wonderful old horse Crystal Ocean taking you on.

“He ran a blinder in the race last year (second to Poet’s Word) and won the Prince Of Wales at Ascot this year.

“So, this is no penalty kick, absolutely not.”

But the bookmakers and the punters are not queuing up to bet against this amazing mare, the winner of two Arc de Triomphes along with a Breeders’ Cup.

Enable is currently best-priced at 4-6.

“I see the betting industry don’t want anyone backing her,” said Gosden. “Their pricing is not realistic to her chances, it’s realistic to protect themselves – if she does win!”

However, Gosden believes Enable is at the top of game following her recent Coral-Eclipse success.

“She worked on Saturday with Frankie,” he added. “And she’s in good order.”

With Frankie Dettori taking the reins, like he has in 10 of her 12 races, Enable is expected to go off at shorter odds as her rider is seemingly invincible at the moment.

There is no better rider round Ascot than Dettori who will be seeking his sixth victory in the race and Gosden his fourth success.

Japanese hope Cheval Grand, a 16-1 chance, was also in action on the Newmarket gallops and received the thumbs up from his trainer Yasauo Tomomichi.

The winner of the Japan Cup in 2017 is following in the hoof prints of his sire Heart’s Cry. He finished fifth in the King George in 2000 behind Montjeu.

Aidan O’Brien, the trainer of Anthony Van Dyck, said: “The plan is to run Anthony Van Dyck on Saturday – we're happy with him.

“Sovereign, who won the Irish Derby, is on a break and won't be running and neither will Magical, who is also on a break.

“Hunting Horn, Magic Wand and Norway are all entered and are possible runners, although we won't be finalising plans until later in the week.”

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