Superstar Enable stars among 26 entries for G1 Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - Brilliant mare Enable (John Gosden) stars among 26 entries for the £425,000 Investec Coronation Cup, one of two G1 contests at Epsom Downs on Friday, May 31, Investec Ladies’ Day.
Now a five-year-old, Nathaniel mare Enable has been successful on 10 of her 11 starts, with seven of her successes coming at G1 level. Her G1 victories include a stunning course and distance success in the 2017 Investec Oaks, when she came home five lengths in front.
After a delayed start to her 2018 season, the Khalid Abdullah-owned and bred Enable finished the year off in spectacular style by winning a second G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe followed by the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, USA. She has been installed as the 2/1 favourite by Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival.
Her Newmarket-based trainer John Gosden landed the Investec Coronation Cup last year with Cracksman, who was announced as the world’s best racehorse in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse rankings for 2018.
In addition to Enable, Gosden has also entered last year’s champion stayerStradivarius (20/1 with Unibet), Wissahickon (20/1), who has been a class above all his rivals on the All-Weather over the winter, dual G2-winning mare Coronet(6/1)and Lah Ti Dar (11/2), runner-up in last year’s G1 St Leger.
Ireland’s 20-time champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien is the most successful handler in the history of the Investec Coronation Cup with eight victories, including St Nicholas Abbey – the only triple winner of the historic contest (2011, 2012 and 2013).
The seven Ballydoyle entries in 2019 include the last two winners of the St Leger -Capri (16/1) and Kew Gardens (9/4), plus 2018 Irish St Leger victor Flag Of Honour (25/1) and the filly Magical (7/1), who landed the G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot last season before only finding Enable three-quarters of a length too strong in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
O’Brien said of Kew Gardens: “He is in good form. The Coronation Cup is a race we are looking to aim him towards.
“I think the plan would be to start over a mile and a half somewhere, then take in the Coronation Cup before going for the King George.
“He stays very and has plenty of options over a longer trip if we want to do that.”
O’Brien’s son Joseph, who partnered St Nicholas Abbey to two of his three Investec Coronation Cup wins (2012 & 2013), has two entries headed by last year’s Irish Derby winner Latrobe (16/1).
Another trainer with a fine Investec Coronation Cup record is Andre Fabre. The ace French handler has won the G1 race six times and has two entries this year. They are dual G1 scorer Waldgeist (6/1) and the unexposed Folamour (33/1), a winner on his comeback at Saint-Cloud in March.
 
Also among the Investec Coronation Cup entries are the 2018 Investec Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee (20/1) and the lightly-raced Mildenberger (25/1), who are both trained by Mark Johnston in Yorkshire and owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
Mildenberger has not raced since finishing second to Roaring Lion in the G2 Dante Stakes at York in May, having had Kew Gardens in behind when winning the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket the previous month.
Johnston remarked: “The Coronation Cup is a race Mildenberger could hopefully run in. We will look to run him somewhere else beforehand, but those big 12-furlong races are the target.
“He hasn’t been seen since finishing second in the Dante at York, but he fractured his knee at that point.
“We have been happy with him over the winter and he is an exciting horse for the year ahead.
“Dee Ex Bee was a good second in the Derby last year, but we are going to step him up in trip and he will start in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.”
Salouen (Sylvester Kirk, 25/1) is another entry with good form at Epsom Downs, having gone down by a head to Cracksman in last year’s Investec Coronation Cup.
William Haggas has made an entry for the progressive Young Rascal (14/1), owned by Investec’s former managing director Bernard Kantor.
After a disappointing seventh in the Investec Derby, the Intello colt rounded off 2018 in excellent form with two G3 victories at Newbury and has a progressive profile.
Investec Coronation Cup, betting from Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival: 2/1 Enable; 9/4 Kew Gardens; 11/2 Lah Ti Dar; 6/1 Coronet, Waldgeist; 7/1 Magical; 14/ Young Rascal, Morando; 16/1 Latrobe, Capri; 20/1 Dee Ex Bee, Defoe, Red Verdon, Wissahickon, Stradivarius; 25/1 Salouen, Mildenberger, Southern France, Flag of Honour, Laraaib; 33/1 Cimeara, Cypress Creek, Folamour, Hunting Horn, Marmelo, 50/1 Communique
There is a scratchings deadline for the Investec Coronation Cup at noon on Tuesday, May 14.
The G1 race is part of the QIPCO British Champion Stakes.
 
The Investec Coronation Cup
Group 1, £425,000 total prize fund. 1m 4f, Epsom Downs, Friday, May 31. For four-year-olds and upwards; Weights: colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb. Horses will only be eligible to run provided they have attained a BHA rating of 80 or higher. Horses who do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or more. Horses who have not run will not be eligible. Entries closed April 9, entries revealed April 10 (26 entries), scratchings deadline May 14, six-day confirmations & £25,000 supplementary stage May 25, final declarations 10am May 29.
Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
CAPRI (IRE)
5
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
CIMEARA (IRE)
4
Sun Bloodstock SARL
Joseph O’Brien IRE
COMMUNIQUE (IRE)
4
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston
CORONET
5
Denford Stud
John Gosden
CYPRESS CREEK (IRE)
4
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
DEE EX BEE
4
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston
DEFOE (IRE)
5
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian
ENABLE
5
Khalid Abdullah
John Gosden
FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE)
4
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
FOLAMOUR
4
Wertheimer et Frere
Andre Fabre FR
HUNTING HORN (IRE)
4
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
KEW GARDENS (IRE)
4
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
LAH TI DAR
4
Lord Lloyd Webber
John Gosden
LARAAIB (IRE)
5
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Owen Burrows
LATROBE (IRE)
4
Lloyd J Williams
Joseph O’Brien IRE
MAGICAL (IRE)
4
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
MARMELO
6
The Fairy Story Partnership & Aziz Kheir
Hughie Morrison
MILDENBERGER
4
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston
MORANDO (FR)
6
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Andrew Balding
RED VERDON (USA)
6
The Hon Ronnie Arculli
Ed Dunlop
SALOUEN (IRE)
5
H Balasuriya
Sylvester Kirk
SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)
4
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
STRADIVARIUS (IRE)
5
Bjorn Nielsen
John Gosden
WALDGEIST
5
Gestut Ammerland/Newsells Park
Andre Fabre FR
WISSAHICKON (USA)
4
George Strawbridge
John Gosden
YOUNG RASCAL (FR)
4
Bernard Kantor
William Haggas
 
26 entries
9 Irish-trained
2 French-trained
 
Breakdown of entries in the Investec Coronation Cup by trainer (with past successes)
 
7 entries
Aidan O’Brien IRE (2005 Yeats, 2007 Scorpion, 2008 Soldier Of Fortune, 2010 Fame And Glory, 2011, 2012 & 2013 St Nicholas Abbey, 2017 Highland Reel) - Capri, Cypress Creek, Flag Of Honour, Hunting Horn, Kew Gardens, Magical, Southern France
 
5 entries
John Gosden (2018 Cracksman) - Coronet, Enable, Lah Ti Dar, Stradivarius, Wissahickon
 
3 entries
Mark Johnston – Communique, Dee Ex Bee, Mildenberger
 
2 entries
Andre Fabre FR (1986 Saint Estephe, 1990 In The Wings, 1994 Apple Tree, 1995 Sunshack, 1996 Swain, 2006 Shirocco) - Folamor, Waldgeist
Joseph O’Brien IRE – Cimeara, Latrobe
 
1 entry
Andrew Balding – Morando
Owen Burrows – Laraaib
Ed Dunlop – Red Verdon
William Haggas – Young Rascal
Sylvester Kirk – Salouen
Hughie Morrison – Marmelo
Roger Varian (2016 Postponed) - Defoe
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