Short trip puts En­able at risk in the Eclipse

Mare’s nine suc­ces­sive wins have all been over longer dis­tances and Mag­i­cal can up­set odds

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The sport of kings wel­comes back its queen to­day as En­able makes her re­turn in the Co­ral-eclipse at Sandown. The su­per­star mare has been kept in train­ing in an at­tempt to make his­tory by win­ning a record­break­ing third Prix de l’arc de Tri­om­phe in France in Oc­to­ber, and con­nec­tions must be ap­plauded for avoid­ing the lure of the breed­ing sheds.

How­ever, if En­able is to be beaten at any point this sea­son, she could be at her most vul­ner­a­ble this af­ter­noon when she races over a trip clearly short of her best. The John Gos­den-trained five-year-old has won her past nine races stretch­ing back to May 2017, but all of those vic­to­ries have come over fur­ther than the mile-and-aquar­ter she races over this af­ter­noon. In­deed, the last time she raced over to­day’s trip, En­able was beaten by far in­fe­rior op­po­si­tion to that which she will en­counter this af­ter­noon, and her cur­rent price of 10/11 makes no ap­peal, es­pe­cially as she does not have race fit­ness on her side.

Of her ri­vals, Tele­caster is on a re­trieval mis­sion af­ter fin­ish­ing last when heav­ily fan­cied in the Derby, while Regal Re­al­ity has it all to prove step­ping up to Group One level for the first time.

The re­turn to a faster sur­face could re­sult in out­sider Zabeel

Prince run­ning a bet­ter race than ex­pected at 20/1, but I will be sid­ing with Mag­i­cal to over­turn the likely odds-on favourite at odds of 7/2.

Mag­i­cal and En­able are fa­mil­iar foes, with the pair be­ing split by just three-quar­ters of a length when En­able won the Breed­ers’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in Novem­ber, but the ad­van­tage of be­ing fully race fit could mean she turns the tables on one of Flat rac­ing’s star per­form­ers and be­comes a record-equalling sixth win­ner of the race for Ai­dan O’brien.

Else­where on the card, Pat­tie could be over­priced to win the Co­ral Chal­lenge (2.25) at odds of 33/1. Mick Chan­non’s in­con­sis­tent filly missed the break here two starts ago be­fore mak­ing an eye-catch­ing mid-race move, and was far from dis­graced when sev­enth on an all-weather sur­face at Chelms­ford last time.

Vet­eran Muth­mir is also worth chanc­ing in the Co­ral Charge (1.50). The nine-year-old will need luck on his side and the gaps to open when re­quired, but the signs of his come­back run, when fifth at Ep­som on Derby day, sug­gests he re­tains much of his abil­ity and he can go one bet­ter than when fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the race last year.

Star turn: Frankie Det­tori cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the Breed­ers’ Cup Turf on En­able at Churchill Downs last Novem­ber

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