FRANKIE Dettori is confident Enable will have the last laugh over Ghaiyyath this season.
She was beaten fair and square by Charlie Appleby’s star in Sunday’s Coral Eclipse, but Dettori has promised you will see a different horse when they meet again.
Trainer John Gosden has alluded to the challenge of getting Enable fighting fit at the age of six, but Dettori is confident that with a run under her belt and a step back up to 12 furlongs, the result will be reversed.
Dettori said: “Ghaiyyath is definitely very good – in a small field with an easy lead, he’s pretty much untouchable.
“I think it was a great performance, to beat two very good horses like Enable and Japan.
“Over a mile and a quarter, I would not be confident but obviously over a mile and a half, yes [the form would be reversed].”
Connections reported Enable to be only 85% fit for her comeback run, and all roads now lead to the King George at Ascot.
Dettori told the Nick Luck Daily Podcast: “I didn’t want to be too aggressive on Enable after a nine-month lay-off.
“I kind of looked after her for the first bit of the race – next time, if I take Ghaiyyath on, I’ll be a bit closer and make a race of it.
“The King George and the Arc have always been her targets, so I didn’t want to bottom her first time out against a very fit, good horse.
“If I got into a race too early with horses a lot fitter than me, instead of bringing her forward, she could have taken a knock backwards.
“I had to be careful, to make sure she came out of the race in good fettle and bouncing, instead of getting a knockout punch from a good horse and then not recover from it.
“She’s six now, so it’s a lot harder to keep her motivated in the morning. She’s never been a good workhorse, but even less so nowadays, because she’s been going up and down those gallops for the last four years.
“We did a racecourse gallop; now we’ve got the Eclipse under our belt, and now we can start thinking of being really competitive in a King George – and then all roads lead to Longchamp again.”