Dettori shines on Enable
Frankie Dettori served up a masterclass of tactical riding as he enjoyed a clear-cut victory on Enable in the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks.
The canny Italian kept on the heels of the pace-setting Erica Bing before making the move that proved decisive as he kicked for home just before the home turn.
Ryan Moore tried to cover his rival on the evens favourite Alluring, but Dettori had pinched a handy lead on John Gosden's 2-1 shot, who went on to score by a length and three-quarters.
The first two pulled nine lengths clear of Tansholpan in third.
Dettori said: "She's a very nice filly, who is improving all the time. She is beginning to know what she is doing.
"I liked the way that she quickened, she quickened really well and put the race to bed. She showed me a good turn of foot and she's a very smart filly. She definitely stays, but she's a stayer with a turn of foot."
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for winning owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "We're very happy indeed. She travelled particularly well and Frankie said he felt they were never going a great pace.
"He was always very comfortable and then she quickened and quickened up again, so it was a smart performance.
"She cornered well and is a lengthy filly. That's the bonus of these races, they are educational for the horses and for us."
Enable had previously finished third behind stable companion and fellow Abdullah-owned filly Shutter Speed in a conditions race at Newbury.
However, Grimthorpe hinted Shutter Speed could switch to the French equivalent, depending on how she performs in the Musidora Stakes at York next week.
He said: "I think distance is going to be at least an issue with Shutter Speed. We're pretty confident Enable will stay a mile and a half, but there is a question mark about Shutter Speed.
"Certainly on her pedigree there is some doubt, which is why she's going to York (Musidora Stakes) next week. She will have the option of the Prix de Diane as well.
"The plan with Enable was to come here today and get her learning and educated on a track like this.
"For her to develop in the way she has is very pleasing."
Kevin Buckley, representing Alluringly's owners Coolmore, said: "They look two good fillies, they pulled nine lengths clear of the third.
"That was all new to her, running around a tight track, and it's why Aidan (O'Brien) sends them. It will have done her good. Ryan was happy with her."
Sky Bet Cut the winner from 16/1 to 9/1 for the Investec Oaks – spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "That was a very impressive performance from Enable and all eyes are now on Shutter Speed at York next week. John Gosden and Khalid Abdullah clearly have two very interesting Epsom contenders at this stage."
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