Eclipse return best for Enable

Sandown starting point always Gosden’s preferred option

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John Gosden hopes that by starting Enable’s season next month in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown she will be in the best possible position to tackle what promises to be a huge second half of the campaign.

The Nathaniel filly had been thought likely to make her eagerly-awaited reappearance at Royal Ascot – but following a piece of work in Newmarket, it was decided, after consultation with Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe and jockey Frankie Dettori, to give her a little longer.

Her ultimate aim remains an attempt at an historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victory in Paris in October.

Gosden said: “She was having a good blow (after gallop on the Limekilns), and we didn’t want to rush to run over a mile and a quarter going down into Swinley Bottom (at Ascot).

“I always wanted to run in the Eclipse myself. I had dropped a hint before and Frankie and I, with Teddy, said we are going to the Eclipse because it would be a much better place to start her out.

“Hopefully then we can go to the King George, York, then hopefully the Arc.”

Eclipse return best for Enable

Sandown 15:35, 6 July 2019

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