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First Classic Winner For Nathaniel

Khalid Abdulla’s homebred filly Enable upset the favourite Rhododendron in driving rain to win the Epsom Oaks on Friday and give her sire Nathaniel his first Group One winner from his first crop.

First Classic Winner For Nathaniel

Khalid Abdulla’s homebred filly Enable upset the favourite Rhododendron in driving rain to win the Epsom Oaks on Friday and give her sire Nathaniel his first Group One winner from his first crop.

The win added another chapter to the Galileo story as Nathaniel is a son of the champion sire and the runner-up Rhodpdendron is one of his daughters.

Rhododendron challenged Enable in the straight but the John Gosden-trained Enable proved the superiror stayer, drawing clear under Frankie Dettori to win by a widening five lengths.


Alluringly, a Fastnet Rock fily and stablemate of the favourite, finished third.

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Nathaniel Horseform, who stands at Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire, was trained by John Gosden to win four of his 11 races including the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes.

Enable Horseform is the 24th homebred European classic winner to carry the green, pink and white silks of Khalid Abdullah, the driving force behind the Juddmonte breeding operation.

Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Khalid Abdullah, was delighted following the race.

"I think we are in a very fortunate position and I am so thrilled for Prince Khalid. It's his breeding operation and another home-bred classic winner is so vital for everything.

“I think we have to enjoy this and then think about the future,” he said.

Enable gave Gosden his second Oaks win after Taghrooda in 2014 and is the fourth Oaks winner ridden by Dettori.

Enable is out of the Sadler's Wells mare Concentric, a Listed winner in France and a half-sister to two winners from a prolific family of distance winners.

She is closely in-bred 3 x 2 to the champion sire Sadler's Wells. Nathaniel’s s a paternal grandson of Sadler’s Wells and Concentic is one of his daughters.

Concentric is a sister to Dance Routine, a G2 winner and dam of five-time G1 winner Flintshire. She is also a half-sister to Apsis, a dual G3 winner, and the Listed winner Space Quest.

Concentric is out of Apogee, a G3 winner by Shirley Heights amd a daughter of Bourbon Girl, an Ile De Bourbon mare who finished second in both the Epsom and Irish Oaks in 1987.

Concentric has a two-year-old colt by Dansili and a yearling filly by the same sire. She was covered by Frankel last year.

GALILEO’s fabulous globetrotting son Highland Reel took his earnings past £5.5 million when he claimed his fifth G1 victory in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on Oaks Day.

Highland Reel, a winner at the top level on three different continents, became the eighth Coronation Cup winner for trainer Aidan O’Brien when he led throughout to beat Frontiersman, the half brother to Derby winner Australia by Dubawi from the Oaks winner Ouija Board..

“Highland Reel is an amazing horse. Tactically, he has speed and he stays. He’s very versatile.

“He could run in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot if he needs it and maybe then on to the G1 King George,” said O’Brien.

Highland Reel is out of the Australian-bred Danehill mare Hveger, who was placed in the South Australian Oaks and Australasian Oaks in Adelaide.

Her younger son Idaho finish seventh behind Highland Reel on Friday and she is also the dam of VRC Oaks and Vinery Stud Stakes second Valdemoro.

Hveger is out of the AJC Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold and is a sister to four-time G1 winner Elvstroem and half-sister to triple G1 winner Haradsun from the family of Starspangledbanner.

Hveger has a 2-year-old filly and a yearling colt also by Galileo.

The Galileo-Danehill cross has produced 91 winners to date including champion Frankel.

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R5 GB - EPSOM DOWNS 2 June 2017
Investec Oaks (Fillies' Group 1) 3F C1, 2423m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
4. ENABLE (GB)
3yo Filly
JOHN GOSDEN
FRANKIE DETTORI
57.0
$7.00
 
NATHANIEL (IRE) - CONCENTRIC (GB)
KHALID ABDULLAH
2nd  
9. RHODODENDRON (IRE)
3yo Filly
A P O'BRIEN
RYAN MOORE
57.0
$1.73
 
GALILEO (IRE) - HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE)
MME MAGNIER/M.TABOR/D.SMITH
3rd  
1. ALLURINGLY (USA)
3yo Filly
A P O'BRIEN
J A HEFFERNAN
57.0
$17.00
 
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - ALL FOR GLORY (USA)
 MR D SMITH, MRS J MAGNIER, MR M TAB
4th  5. HORSEPLAY (GB)
3yo Filly
A M BALDING
OISIN MURPHY
57.0
$15.00
5th  2. CORONET (GB)
3yo Filly
JOHN GOSDEN
ANDREA ATZENI
57.0
$13.00
6th  6. ISABEL DE URBINA (IRE)
3yo Filly
R M BECKETT
FRAN BERRY
57.0
$34.00
7th  8. POCKETFULLOFDREAMS (FR)
3yo Filly
A P O'BRIEN
DONNACHA O'BRIEN
57.0
$51.00
8th  10. SOBETSU (GB)
3yo Filly
C APPLEBY
WILLIAM BUICK
57.0
$7.00
9th  7. NATAVIA (GB)
3yo Filly
R CHARLTON
PAT SMULLEN
57.0
$13.00


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