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Enable is Solid Favorite for Thursday's Darley Yorkshire Oaks with Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Bid on the Line

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

YORK, U.K. (August 23, 2017) – Prince Khalid Abdullah’s brilliant 3-year-old filly Enable (GB) is a dominant presence over five fillies and mares in Thursday’s 1½ mile $430,500 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (GI) at York Racecourse, which will offer an automatic starting berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.

The Breeders' Cup Challenge is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held for the first time at the Del Mar racetrack near San Diego, California, on November 3-4.

As a part of the benefits of the Challenge series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the pre-entry and entry fees for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks winner to start in the Longines Turf at Del Mar. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 23 to receive the rewards.

Thursday’s race will the streamed live for account holders on www.TwinSpires.com, among other outlets.

Enable, trained by John Gosden, comes into the Yorkshire Oaks having dominated male rivals in Ascot’s “Win and You’re In” King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on July 29 and earned an automatic starting berth into the race. The homebred 3-year-old daughter of Nathaniel (IRE) has been unbeatable in her last four starts for trainer John Gosden, winning the Epsom Oaks (GI) in June and Irish Oaks (GI) at The Curragh in July before stepping up and crushing older males in a 4 ½-length tour de force at Ascot. Enable is 5-for-6 lifetime and figures a very short favorite in a Yorkshire Oaks field that also includes Darley’s 4-year-old Nezwaah (GB), who won the Pretty Polly (GI) at The Curragh in her last start for trainer Roger Varian, and Queen’s Trust (GB), who won last year’s Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita but has yet to hit the board in three starts this year for trainer Michael Stoute.

Denford Stud’s 3-year-old filly Coronet (GB), also trained by Gosden, won the 1 ½ mile Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot, and was recently fourth in the Irish Oaks. The 3-year-old Alluringly for trainer Aidan O’Brien, and the 4-year-old Abington, runner-up in the 1 ½ mile Grade 2 Lankashire Oaks at Haydock on August 6, complete the field.

The Darley Yorkshire Oaks is the fifth Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf qualifier thus far in 2017. Bela-Bela (SAF) was the first to qualify, winning the Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (G1) at Kenilworth in South Africa in January. Foxplay (AUS) captured the Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes (G1) at Royal Randwick in Australia in April, followed by Birdie Gold, who won the Gran Premio Pamplona (G1) at Moneterrico in Peru in June. Dacita (CHI) was the most recent qualifier in this division, winning the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) at Arlington on August 12.

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