The big races on the Flat continue to come thick and fast and this weekend it’s the turn of the Eclipse Stakes which takes centre stage at Sandown.
The return of Enable is the huge talking point ahead of Saturday’s spectacle as the filly looks to extend her unbeaten run to 10 races but she has not been seen on track since her Breeders’ Cup Turf win in 2018.
Can she make a winning return, or will someone steal her thunder? Our horse racing expert previews the race and gives you the best bet to look out for.
This may be an eight-horse contest, but all the talk has been about the return of this great horse.
She is the first filly to win both the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same year, but hasn’t Enable hasn’t been seen since that Breeders’ Cup win last year but reports from the John Gosden yard is that she’s in good shape ahead of the race. If she was to be successful it would be Gosden’s fourth success in the race in eight years following in the footsteps of Nathaniel (2012), Golden Horn (2015) and Roaring Lion (2018).
The only question mark is with this being her first run over 10 furlongs since 2017 in her only defeat to date, however, she is the class horse in the field and others will have it all to do to defeat her.
Telecaster to bounce back from disappointing Derby
If Enable is to have an off day then there are several dangers in the field.
Magical at 4/1 is realistically the next best alternative, however at those odds, is another one I will swerve.
Instead, Telecaster at 12/1 looks great value to potentially strike.
He looked to be a great prospect having beaten the likes of Too Darn Hot, Japan and Turgenev in the Dante at York as a three-year-old but was soundly beaten and disappointing when flopping at the Derby.
Despite all that, the trip and ground are likely to suit this weekend, and if he can return to the Dante form than there is no reason why he cannot come out on top in this contest.