Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks
|Fillies' Listed, Chester 14:25
1m 3f 75y, Class 1
|Wednesday 10th May 2017|
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1 Enable 2/1
2 Alluringly EvensF
3 Tansholpan 8/1
7 ran Distances: 1¾l, 9l, 6l
Time: 2m 23.80s (slow by 1.30s)
Another Classic trial, another John Gosden winner! Enable wins the Listed Cheshire Oaks under Frankie Dettori
The canny Italian kept on the heels of the pacesetting Erica Bing before making the move that proved decisive as he kicked just before the home turn.
Ryan Moore tried to cover his rival on the even-money favourite Alluringly, but Dettori had pinched a handy lead on John Gosden's 2-1 shot, who went on to score by a length and three-quarters.
The first two pulled nine lengths clear of Tansholpan in third.
Dettori said: "She's a very nice filly, who is improving all the time. She is beginning to know what she is doing.
"I liked the way that she quickened, she quickened really well and put the race to bed. She showed me a good turn of foot and she's a very smart filly.
"She definitely stays, but she's a stayer with a turn of foot."
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for winning owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "We're very happy indeed. She travelled particularly well and Frankie said he felt they were never going a great pace.
"He was always very comfortable and then she quickened and quickened up again, so it was a smart performance. She cornered well and is a lengthy filly. That's the bonus of these races, they are educational for the horses and for us."
Enable had previously finished third behind stable companion and fellow Abdullah-owned filly Shutter Speed in a conditions race at Newbury.
However, Grimthorpe hinted Shutter Speed could switch to the French equivalent, depending on how she performs in the Musidora Stakes at York next week.
He said: "I think distance is going to be at least an issue with Shutter Speed. We're pretty confident Enable will stay a mile and a half, but there is a question mark about Shutter Speed.
"Certainly on her pedigree there is some doubt, which is why she's going to York (Musidora Stakes) next week. She will have the option of the Prix de Diane as well.
"The plan with Enable was to come here today and get her learning and educated on a track like this. For her to develop in the way she has is very pleasing."
Kevin Buckley, representing Alluringly's owners Coolmore, said: "They look two good fillies, they pulled nine lengths clear of the third.
"That was all new to her, running around a tight track, and it's why Aidan (O'Brien) sends them. It will have done her good. Ryan was happy with her."
Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks
(Robert Sangster Memorial Cup) (Fillies' Listed)
£60,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 3f 75y, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(3)||Enable 2/1||L Dettori
|J H M Gosden||3|
|2nd||(2)||1¾||Alluringly (USA) Evsf||R L Moore
|A P O'Brien||3|
|3rd||(4)||9||Tansholpan 8/1||Andrea Atzeni
|4th||(7)||6||Rich Legacy (IRE) 14/1||Oisin Murphy
|R M Beckett||3|
|5th||(1)||1¾||Hidden Steps 33/1||David Probert
|A M Balding||3|
|6th||(6)||4||Argenterie 16/1||M Dwyer
|M P Tregoning||3|
|7th||(5)||9||Erica Bing 66/1||F Norton