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Enable set to kick-off 2019 campaign at Royal Ascot
Posted in: Royal Ascot News
The former Oaks winner had been a general 4-5 favourite to start her season with a victory in Epsom's Group 1 on May 31, but trainer John Gosden has instead decided to postpone her comeback until the royal meeting.
"Everything is absolutely fine with Enable," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Enable's owner Khalid Abdullah on Wednesday.
"It's just that John wants to point her to Royal Ascot. We have always said it would be the Coronation Cup or Ascot and it has been decided she will head to Ascot."
Grimthorpe added that a definitive target at Ascot has yet to be been decided, with the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes over 1m2f and the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes over 1m4f both possibilities at this stage.
Grimthorpe added: "In principle she will run in the Prince of Wales's but we will also be looking at the Hardwicke, so we are definitely not committing yet to one race over the other."
A tilt at the Prince of Wales's could set up a rematch with the William Haggas trained Sea Of Class, who finished a close second to Enable in a classic Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last year.
Bookmakers are narrowly favouring Sea Of Class to take her revenge at Ascot, with 7-2 the best price about the William Haggas-trained four-year-old, with Enable available at around 5-1.
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