DFS Park Hill Stakes
|Group 2, Doncaster 15:00
1m 6f 115y, Class 1
|Thursday 12th September 2019|
1 Enbihaar 6/5F
2 Delphinia 15/2
3 Vivid Diamond 12/1
8 ran Distances: shd, 2¾l, 2l
Time: 3m 2.79s (fast by 0.21s)
Having scored twice at Group Two level already, the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Enbihaar was sent off the 6-5 favourite to make it a treble.
Settled in the rear by Jim Crowley, Enbihaar moved up smoothly into a challenging position, but she had to work reasonably hard to see off Vivid Diamond, before Ryan Moore challenged on Delphinia.
For a moment it looked like the concession of 13lb might catch Enbihaar out, but she just had enough in the tank to hold on by a short head.
Crowley said: “I was delighted about that. I just wanted to get her rolling into the straight and there was quite a strong headwind. When she got there she probably thought she’d done enough.
“Giving away that weight, it was great.”
Richard Hills, assistant racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan, said: “She slipped badly on the turn. That’s unlike her. Obviously it’s windy and perhaps it’s a bit greasy there, I don’t know.
“She’s a lovely filly and has done nothing but improve. She won at Haydock which is why she was here today.
“John has 100 lots out in a morning and you can pick her out having a canter. She’s got the most beautiful action.
“Obviously, as for plans, you’ve got Ascot (Fillies And Mares on Champions Day) and then Longchamp (Prix Royallieu).”
John Gosden’s son and assistant, Thady, said: “She ran great in that strong headwind. Obviously it wasn’t ideal, but she had a tough battle with the second. She did it well.”
Ed Walker’s Dame Malliot was the main rival to the winner in the betting beforehand, but could only finish sixth of the eight runners.
Her owner Anthony Openheimer blamed himself for her lacklustre display, saying: “I’m afraid it’s my fault entirely.
“A couple of days ago she looked a bit thin and Frankie (Dettori) said she’d gone over the top. She had three hard races and this was one too many.
“She wasn’t pushed out today because there was no point. She’ll go back to the stud for a break and come out racing next year, which will be nice.”
DFS Park Hill Stakes
£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 6f 115y, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
1 (8) Enbihaar 4 9-8 John Gosden Jim Crowley 6/5F
2 (7) shd Delphinia 3 8-9 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 15/2
3 (2) 2¾ Vivid Diamond 3 8-9 Mark Johnston Franny Norton 12/1
4 (5) 2 South Sea Pearl 3 8-9 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 20/1
5 (6) 4 Star Terms 3 8-9 Richard Hannon Andrea Atzeni 12/1
6 (4) 5 Dame Malliot 3 8-12 Ed Vaughan Frankie Dettori 9/4
7 (1) 1¾ Oydis 3 8-9 Ralph Beckett Harry Bentley 33/1
8 (3) 7 Peach Tree 3 8-9 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 33/1
Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP
2018 God Given
2016 Simple Verse R M Beckett Oisin Murphy Qatar Racing 3/1
2015 Gretchen J H M Gosden Robert Havlin Normandie Stud 5/1
2014 Silk Sari Luca Cumani Andrea Atzeni Fittocks Stud 8/1
2013 The Lark Michael Bell Jamie Spencer Lady Bamford 15/8 fav
2012 Wild Coco Sir Henry Cecil Tom Queally Gest ut Rottgen 7/4 fav
2011 Meeznah David Lanigan Frankie Dettori Saif Ali & Saeed Altayer 5/2
2010 Eastern Aria Mark Johnston Frankie Dettori Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 5/1
2009 The Miniver Rose Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs Julie Wood 28/1
2008 Allegretto Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Cheveley Park Stud 7/4 fav
2007 Hi Calypso Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Philip Newton 9/2
2006 Rising Cross John Best Martin Dwyer Gary Tanaka 16/1
2005 Sweet Stream John Hammond FR Thierry Gillet Team Valor 7/2 fav
2004 Echoes In Eternity Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 5/1
2003 Discreet Brief John Dunlop Pat Eddery Sonia Rogers 8/1
2002 Alexander Three D Barry Hills Michael Hills Miriam O'Callaghan 7/4 fav
2001 Ranin Ed Dunlop Willie Supple Hamdan Al Maktoum 5/1
2000 Miletrian Mick Channon Craig Williams Miletrian Plc 10/1
1999 Mistle Song Clive Brittain Richard Quinn Saeed Manana 8/1