|Friday 7th September 2018|
Enable and Crystal Ocean Clash at Kempton
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable will make her long-awaited return from a near year-long injury layoff in the September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.
It had looked a relatively straightforward assignment for the John Gosden's filly until the inclusion of Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Ocean which has opened the race right up and makes it an intriguing contest.
Gosden’s stable star hasn’t been since on a racetrack since recording her impressive triumph at Chantilly last October. That was the Nathaniel filly’s fourth successive win at elite level after victories in the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
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Crystal Ocean finished second in last year’s St Leger and has won three times this season, including the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He is rated 1lb superior to Enable, but will have to concede 8lb due to the conditions of the 12-furlong Group Three.
David Probert picks up the ride on Crystal Ocean as pilot Ryan Moore will be in Haydock to ride for Aidan O'Brien
Probert told Press Association Sport: “It’s a fantastic ride to pick up, and I can’t thank him (Stoute) enough for giving me the opportunity.
“I kind of knew I was in line for the ride, but it wasn’t until Thursday morning that it was confirmed and obviously I was delighted.”
He added: “Crystal Ocean is a very nice horse – a top-level performer.
“He ran a very good race in the King George and has been running consistently well all year.
“We’re taking on the filly, who is getting 8lb, but he has got to have a big chance.”
Weekender, Gosden’s second runner in the race, has yet to triumph at Group level but did go close in the Listed Grand Stakes at York in June.