Enable set for Irish Oaks

Enable and Frankie Dettori win the Investec Oaks

Enable will attempt to become a dual Classic winner in the Darley Irish Oaks next month.

The John Gosden-trained daughter of Nathaniel is being readied to follow up her victory in the Epsom Oaks last Friday in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on July 15.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "She has come out of the race really well and John Gosden is very pleased with her and she looks in good form.

"We will look towards the Irish Oaks now. The King George is a long way away and obviously we will look at the various options, but at the moment she will go for the Irish Oaks."

While Grimthorpe was not surprised by the victory of Enable in the mile-and-a-half Group One he was taken back by the manner in which it was achieved.

He added: "She showed a huge amount of class and ran unbelievably well to beat a top-class filly (Rhododendron).

"We expected a big run from her as we were confident that she would stay, so, to that extent, it was not a great surprise.

"If you win a Classic by five lengths, though, that has got to be very unexpected and is one for the very-pleasant-surprise box."

Stablemate Shutter Speed will try to maintain her unbeaten record in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on June 18 after she brilliantly won the Musidora at York.

Grimthorpe said: "Shutter Speed is in good shape after the Musidora and heads for the Diane the Sunday before Royal Ascot.

"We have won four out of the five Oaks trials this season and obviously we have converted one.

"It would be nice now if we could convert another."

The Roger Charlton-trained Natavia also runs in the famous Abdullah silks but will be given a short break after she trailed home last in the Oaks.

Grimthorpe added: "We are a bit mystified by her. She seemed to be travelling well. Possibly she didn't stay or possibly she didn't handle the downhill part of the race.

"She was going well until the top of Tattenham Corner then all of a sudden she was off the bridle struggling.

"We will give her a bit of a break."

reopens Mori is another classy filly for the Abdullah team and she is set to step up to Pattern company in the Ribblesdale Stakes following her victory in the Height of Fashion Stakes.A daughter of Frankel out of multiple Group One winner Midday, Mori will also be switching up in trip to 12 furlongs for the first time at Royal Ascot.Grimthorpe said: "She worked nicely (on Wednesday morning) and she will now head to the Ribblesdale."I would think that the mile and a half would suit her. In both races she has won (over 10 furlongs), she has been doing her best work late on so you would have to think another couple of furlongs would be fine."Mori is likely to be joined at the Royal meeting by fellow Sir Michael Stoute inmate Mirage Dancer, who sidestepped an outing in the Derby, with connections favouring a tilt at the Hampton Court Stakes.The son of Frankel won on his sole juvenile outing at Doncaster, but then had to settle for fourth behind subsequent Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher in the Dee Stakes on his seasonal bow.Grimthorpe added: "We are looking at the Hampton Court. He is entered in the King Edward VII, but I think we will head to the Hampton Court."He is out of a mare (Heat Haze) who is a Group One-winning miler by Green Desert and the family have strong mile and mile and a quarter links"The galloping space at Ascot will suit him better than Chester. It is only his third start and he is still a work in progress."

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DateSilkSelectionTime / CoursePrice
£10 Win Single Pays £45.00 with Bet365
18/08/2017
Pacific Salt18:50 Newmarket

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