Oaks Winner Enable Can Beat Older Horses in King George

by Lee Ashfield 3 months ago

Enable produced arguably the performance of the season from any three-year-old so far when she won the Oaks in spectacular style at Epsom last month. She finished five lengths ahead of the well-backed Aidan O’Brien-trained favourite Rhododendron in an impressive outing. The victory in the middle-distance Classic not only ensured that John Gosden’s filly entered the history books but it also sets her up for some huge races in 2017, including the King George VI Stakes at Ascot.

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Gosden’s filly first caught the eye in 2017 when she prevailed in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester’s May Meeting, which put her in contention for Epsom. She has been able to improve with each run in her campaign and if she continues to do that, the weight allowance she will be getting from the older horses in the King George could prove huge.

The Oaks-winning trainer has been successful twice in the last six years in the King George, both with three-year-olds. In 2011, he was victorious with Enable’s father, Nathaniel, while three years ago Taghrooda prevailed a month after winning the Classic for fillies at Epsom.

Enable can be backed at 6/1 in the horse racing betting, which looks excellent value given she has had the benefit of a little rest since her run at Epsom, unlike many of her rivals in the Group One at Ascot.

Highland Reel Looks Too Short for Repeat Win

Clearly, the biggest danger to the three-year-old filly is Highland Reel, who is bidding to defend his crown in the King George. Aidan O’Brien’s runner won the race 12 months ago after being ridden prominently early into the contest by his jockey Ryan Moore. He was sent for home two furlongs out and it was winning move as they finished just under two lengths ahead of Wings of Desire.

The success at Ascot kickstarted a run of four Group One victories for Highland Reel. Last November, he travelled out to California for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita where he made all just like he did in the King George.

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O’Brien’s impressive colt has already notched up two Group One wins this year as he claimed the Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. After his latest success, he is now just 6/4 for a repeat win in the King George. That is far too short given he has to concede weight to Enable, who will not allow him to dominate alone from the front like he has been able to do in recent contests.

This year’s King George looks much stronger than the 2016 running. Ulysses could step back up in trip after winning the Eclipse at Sandown, where he beat a couple of promising three-year-olds in Barney Roy and Cliffs Of Moher, while it may also include Jack Hobbs, Idaho, Frontiersman and Cracksman in what has the potential to be the race of 2017 in this division in the UK.

Selection

Enable to win the King George VI Stakes @ 6/1

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