John Gosden may not be able to field Enable, but will still have high hopes for victory in tomorrow’s Betfred Middleton Stakes at York, with Coronet.
The four year old filly made her mark last term with victory in Royal Ascot’s Ribblesdale Stakes and drops in class and distance for her seasonal reappearance.
Richard Evans, farm manager at Denford Stud who own and bred Coronet, said: “She’s done well over the winter, everything has gone well so far and we’re hoping for a good performance.
“The first thing we need to find out is whether she’s trained on, but she’s done everything that’s been asked of her at home.
“It’s a nice Group Two and a good starting point for the year. We’ll see how we get on, but obviously we’ll be trying to get that Group One win with her. That was the whole reason for her staying in training.
“We’ll start her off on Thursday and she might end up back at York for the Yorkshire Oaks again in the summer.”
The grey filly takes on six rivals, including her adversary from that Ribblesdale Stakes, the runner-up Mori.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old is exquisitely bred, being by Frankel out of the top-class racemare Midday, who won this corresponding race in 2011.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “She ran ever so well in the Ribblesdale but then didn’t run up to that form afterwards.
“She has pleased in her work this spring and if she finds her Ribblesdale form, or something like it, then she would have an interesting chance, but she’ll need to find her best form.
“We know she stays a mile and a half, but as this is her first race of the year and this is about getting back on track, we felt this distance (mile and a quarter) was a good place to start her off.”
Stoute also fields the South African import Smart Call.
Chain Of Daisies returns here and trainer Henry Candy said: “She seems in wonderful form.
“In the past I’ve made the mistake of trying to train her from March/April time and she doesn’t come to hand. She is very much a second half of the year filly.
“She must have real top of the ground and if there is any cut in it she can’t cope.
“She has never really shone first time out, but this year she is nearly there.
“She is gutsy, very genuine and very consistent.”
Jim Bolger sends Turret Rocks over from Ireland, while Andrew Balding’s Horseplay and Indian Blessing from Ed Walker’s yard complete the line-up.