Kempton: Impressive Ennaadd new finals day Mile favourite
Ennaadd: is the 5-1 favourite with Coral for the Mile final
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Impressive Ennaadd new finals day Mile favourite By Stuart Riley 6:42PM 16 NOV 2016
Report: Kempton, Wednesday
British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes (All Weather Championship Fast-Track Qualifier) (Listed) 1m, 3yo+
ROGER VARIAN'S Ennaadd ran out a very easy winner of Kempton's Listed 1m fast-track qualifier and in doing so elevated himself to favourite for the Good Friday final, with Coral making the three-year-old their 5-1 market leader.
If he makes it to Lingfield on April 14 he will be considerably shorter, such was the impression he created in winning by an eased-down two and three-quarter lengths from the refreshed You're Fired, with the hat-trick-seeking last-time-out Listed winner – and last year's all-weather championships finals day Mile runner-up – Sovereign Debt a further length back in third.
Those looking to wade in however should bear in mind he is not guaranteed to make the line-up. He is a fragile horse, who has had his troubles in the past – this was his first start for 228 days – and his trainer was non-committal about finals day.
"We've always thought a lot of him and he had a setback after his win in April, but he's over that now and has a nice future," said Varian. "We'll tick him along, it's nice that he's qualified now as there's not masses for him, but he's one to look forward to. We don't have to rush to make plans."
This was Ennaadd's first start since he landed a hot conditions contest over course and distance in April, when he beat subsequent German 2,000 Guineas winner Knife Edge and Lingfield Derby Trial scorer Humphrey Bogart, and – already rated 106 – he has to be an exciting prospect for 2017, if he can stay healthy.