Enbihaar may step up to the highest level in France next month if she can complete a Group Two hat-trick in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
John Gosden’s four-year-old followed up a narrow verdict in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock in July with a hugely impressive display in the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood last month, under a Group Two penalty.
Connections have resisted the temptation to pitch her in against the boys in this weekend’s Irish St Leger at the Curragh, instead electing to head to Town Moor on Thursday when she will have to concede upwards of 10lb to each of her seven three-year-old rivals.
Should she pass her latest assignment, Enbihaar could get her chance in Group One company in the Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp on October 5.
Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”We did consider the Irish St Leger, but Sheikh Hamdan decided he’d rather keep her at home for the time being.
“I saw her work last Saturday, and she certainly looked in top form, so I would hope she’ll run very well.
“If all goes well she can go to France on Arc weekend.”
Enbihaar’s biggest threat appears to be Ed Vaughan’s progressive filly Dame Malliot, the mount of Frankie Dettori.
Owned and bred by Anthony Oppenheimer, the daughter of Champs Elysees bolted up in the Listed Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket on her penultimate start before getting up close home in the Group Two Darley Prix de Pomone at Deauville three and a half weeks ago.
“She’s obviously got a Group Two penalty to carry, but I think she’ll be better suited by this ground. The ground was just too soft for her in France last time, but she got away with it on the day,” said Vaughan.
“She should get the longer trip – being by Champs Elysees out of a Galileo mare.
“She’s only done routine work since her last run, but she seems in good form – so we’ll see how we go.”
Aidan O’Brien is triple-handed in his bid for a first every victory in the extended one-mile-six-furlong contest – with Delphinia, Peach Tree and South Sea Pearl all declared.
The field is completed by Ralph Beckett’s Oydis, the Richard Hannon-trained Star Terms and Vivid Diamond from Mark Johnston’s yard.