Enable Can Spoil O’Brien’s Classic Party

Enable Can Spoil O’Brien’s Classic Party

Enable Can Spoil O’Brien’s Classic Party


Aidan O’Brien has been backed to win all 10 Classics in Britain and Ireland this season and in Rhododendron he has the favourite for the Oaks which is the next race in the sequence. However, Chester is a good track to run in a trial for Epsom and Enable was impressive when winning at their May meeting.


O’Brien has now won the Guineas in both countries, with Churchill and Winter. He is mob-handed in the Derby and will almost certainly have the favourites but the Irish equivalent and the Irish Oaks. It’s too soon to speculate about each version of the St Leger but no doubt O’Brien will be represented in both races with fancied runners.


The English Oaks is run over one mile and four furlongs on Epsom’s unique Derby course. The ups and downs are a true test of a thoroughbred and for fillies the race is the most prestigious in the sport. It forms the second leg of the Triple Crown which is made up of the 1,000 Guineas and St Leger. Oh So Sharp was the last horse to win all three races in 1985.


It is an anomaly of the Classics that colts can only run in three but fillies are eligible for all five. Minding was considered for the Derby last season but was kept amongst her own sex and won the Oaks with something to spare. Rhododendron was unlucky in running and was beaten by Winter in the 1,000 Guineas so the form is solid.


Winter was impressive in winning the Irish version at the Curragh and that effort gave a boost to English Guineas form. Rhododendron was left with too much to do over the last furlong at Newmarket and was not able to overhaul Winter. The winner progressed further when winning at the Curragh in the Irish Classic for females over one mile.


The bookies are now fearful of the O’Brien ten timer in the English and Irish Classics and have priced up the Epsom Oaks accordingly. If Rhododendron is too short other horses are bigger than their form justifies and at the odds that brings Enable right into the mix.


The horse is trained by John Gosden who has some outstanding three-year-old fillies in his yard. Enable looked like a very good horse in winning the Cheshire Oaks over 11 furlongs and a bit at Chester. Alluringly, trained by O’Brien, was beaten by almost two lengths and could make no impression on the winner inside the final furlong. The two horses pulled well clear of the third placed runner and the form reads well.


Enable has only run three times and her first effort was a win in a maiden on the All Weather at Newcastle last November. She was then well beaten into third place by another Gosden horse in Shutter Speed and Raheen House and both horses are ahead on strict ratings. However, Enable is a progressive horse who can win the Oaks and spoil the O’Brien clean sweep of the Classics in Britain and Ireland.


Tip: Enable to win the Oaks at 9/2 with Paddy Power. 


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