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Enable completes Oaks double

15 July 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 15/07/17 6:26pm

Enable and Frankie Dettori win the Irish Oaks

Enable and Frankie Dettori win the Irish Oaks

Epsom heroine Enable completed a Classic double with another scintillating display in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

John Gosden’s filly put her rivals to the sword by upwards of five lengths in the Investec Oaks in early June and was the 2-5 favourite to become the first filly to complete the English-Irish Oaks double since Snow Fairy seven years ago.

The daughter of Nathaniel travelled strongly throughout in the hands of Frankie Dettori, who made sure he was back from a spell on the sidelines with injury in time for this ride.

She was given a nice lead into the race by the front-running Bengala and Dettori was happy to commit for home halfway up the home straight.

The further Enable went the better she looked and she passed the post five and a half lengths clear of Rain Goddess in second, with Eziyra a couple of lengths further back in third.

The winner’s stablemate, Coronet, made some late headway to finish fourth.

Dettori, winning his fourth Irish Oaks, said: “I think she’s improved since Epsom. She travelled real good and I was always in second gear.

“I gave her a back-hander and she flew. I was able to give my shoulder a rest in the last 100 yards and ease our way to the line. She felt great.

“She’s amazing. She’s got a good cruising speed for a stayer, she can quicken and she gets the distance really well. They’re all the things you want.

“She doesn’t do much at home and it’s very hard to gauge her, but we know she’s good.

“As long as she travels, her well-being is good and she produces performances like that, we don’t have to worry too much.”

Reflecting on the shoulder injury that kept him out of action for around a month and forced him to sit out Royal Ascot, the jockey, who treated the crowd to his famous flying dismount, added: “I’ve had a bad spell, but I’m back and it’s nice to have my first winner back in a Classic.

“Luckily where I broke it (shoulder), it was in a place where it was going to heal very quickly. If I was going to have an operation I would have been out for the season.

“I probably came back a week too quick but the dangling carrot was so big, I had to come back.

“Thanks to all the people that helped me.”

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