Latest Horse Racing News (Week 2 May 2018)

Enable at 5-1 to win Prix de l’Arc after injury setback

After her manager announced on Monday that Enable would not appear in any race before August owing to a knee injury, the filly is out to 5-1 to win consecutive renewals of the Prix de l’ArcTriomphe . Having five back-to-back Group One victories in 2017, Enable was expectedtomake a comeback at the Coronation Cup on 1st June at Epsom, for which she was a general 4-7. However, after her glorious victory at the Prix de l’ArcTriomphe at Chantilly last October, Enable has been missing in action since, due to her knee injury. Owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe announced in a statement that Enable had suffered a setback in training because of some filling being diagnosed in her knee, resulting in her appearance being postponed to August at the Juddmonte International on 22nd of the month. However, there are also chances that Enable will be let off to an easier start of the season by being allowed to defend her Darley Yorkshire Oaks title as her first race after injury. The Arc is scheduled to take place on 7th October at ParisLongchamp.

Nelson to be among contenders for Aiden O’Brien at Lingfield

Winner of Ballysax Stakes, Nelson is among the three Aiden O’Brien contenders who would participate at the Betfred derby Trial at Lingfield this Saturday. Last month, this son of Frankel outpointed Delano Roosevelt at Leopardstown and now, both horses to run at Lingfield.  Having claimed the Listed prize four times in the past decade, the Ballydoyle handler appears to be set to launch another tough bid. Among the total of 18 entries for the Lingfield Derby Trial, Kew Gardens is the third O’Brien-trained entrant. Other contenders at the trial include Richard Hannon’s Nottingham scorer Department of War and Yarmouth winner Corelli.

Johnston says French Derby next in line for Elarqam

On Saturday, Elarqam came fourth in the 2000 Guineas, resulting in loss of his unbeaten record. Trainer Mark Johnston announced that the obvious choice for Elarqam’s next race is the French Derby. While the Irish Guineas is still under consideration, Johnston has ruled out the Dante Stakes to take place at York as he believes it will come too soon for the colt. He also mentioned that the verdict whether it will, in fact, be the French Derby or the Irish Guineas, is still on hold as the connections and owner Sheikh Hamdan are yet to declare their decisions. Johnston said he preferred the French Derby as it’s a mile and a quarter race and sharp horses like Elarqam have a high probability of performing well on the track.