York Ebor Festival: Ladies Day

York Ebor Festival 2019: Enable Wears the Crown on Ladies Day

ENABLE stole the show once again, extending her winning streak to 12. The ‘super’ mare has 10 Group 1 Races under her saddle now.

On the Knavesmire yesterday it was #EnableDay and race enthusiasts were perhaps both joyous at the fact of being able to see her in action and low in spirits knowing that this is likely to be her last ever race on British soil. She dazzled yesterday at the York Ebor Festival, winning the 10th Group 1 Race of her career to remain the unbeaten ‘super’ mare. The odds were already in her favour and her victory may not have come as a shock to most but she is still a delight to watch, with her strong form and utter power. Frankie Dettori couldn’t praise the mare enough, claiming that he’ll “never have a horse like her in my [his] life.”

Magical did start slightly out in front in the Yorkshire Oaks Stakes and set pace amongst the small group but when Dettori asked Enable to move, the mare wasted no time to do so, all whilst making it look easy. With only three opponents, some might ask: Was there ever any competition?

On the straight, Ryan Moore’s Magical galloped fiercely to comeback and draw alongside Enable but just couldn’t match her speed and Enable soon cleared away from the pair by almost three lengths to reign victorious once more. The Khalid Abdullah owned mare heads onto the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next, where she will run her final race and hope to win her third successive title at the renowned French race. She’ll be up against some tough competition this year but there’s no telling what this horse is capable of! Enable really is a horse of a lifetime and it goes without saying that no matter where she places, her legacy will continue on for years.

Also taking centre stage on Ladies Day was of course, the fashion and glam. Ladies – and gents – stepped out and showed out in their best attire, donning bold colours, striking prints and larger-than-life fascinators. Spectators were taking advantage of the warm weather and whilst the Ebor Festival has no formal dress code, racegoers were encouraged to take inspiration from ‘wedding attire’ and elegance was everywhere to be seen. This year short dresses and skirts seemed to be the favourite amongst the ladies. What do you think the staple piece for next year will be?

But as expected on Ladies Day, the excitement didn’t cease there as there was as much action on the racetrack as there was off the racetrack.

The opening race on Ladies Day, the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes, saw Living In The Past break away from rivals Liberty Beach and Good Vibes. Living In The Past set pace early within the race to distance herself from the group and though bookies favourite, Liberty Beach made late gains, it seemed her efforts were left a little too late as the filly achieved a second place finish.

Ryan Moore’s, Mum’s Tipple left the Knavesmire in awe with his stupendous performance. The 7-2 favourite practically ran his own race, winning the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes by a phenomenal 11 lengths. There was no other horse in close range!

Moore was handed a penalty because of this, with the stewards stating that he wrongly used his whip as he was “clearly winning” in the final furlong. Though perhaps in the moment, with adrenaline coursing, he could only see the finish line. Nevertheless, that two-day suspension shouldn’t dishearten the jockey too much after that jaw-dropping performance. We look forward to seeing how far Mum’s Tipple will go in the future, perhaps a mile-long course is on the cards?

In the 3pm, Clipper Logistic Handicap, it was a hold your horses’ moment when What’s The Story took the prize pot by a nose against 10-1 rival, Vale of Kent. Kynren, the 7-2 favourite chased the leaders from over one furlong out and kept the same pace in the final furlongs, to place third.

After the spectacular race, in which Enable won her 10th Group One title, it was the luck of the Irish as 3-1 favourite, Search for a Song galloped to victory in the Galtres Stakes. At one point, it was looking like a tight tussle between Search for a Song, Vivionn and Spirit of Appin but Search for a Song was finely tuned and sprinted past the opposition to give Dermot Weld his second win. The filly was victorious by a length and three-quarters from second-place finisher Vivionn, in what was only her fourth career start.

In the final race of the day, the Class 2, British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap, 66-1 Excellent Times may have upset some of the punters, with his first-place finish. The favourite, Salayel at 3-1 came a disheartening fourth place. He did try to keep on in the final furlongs but Excellent Times, Agincourt and Chalet were just that little bit stronger.

Today, the sun shines brightly once again on the Knavesmire for day three of the festival. You can expect York’s Ebor Nunthorpe Day to be as thrilling as the first two at York, with the sprinters looking to have all eyes on them this afternoon. The mighty Stradivarius will be making his return to York Racecourse in the Lonsdale Cup and for the punters he could mean big pound signs.

In the Group One, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, Ten Sovereigns is looking like the hot favourite but as you racegoers will know, this race is highly unpredictable. Battaash is looking like serious competition for Ten Sovereigns and there are even debates about Mabs Cross being victorious. She had better form in the Nunthorpe Stakes this time last year, losing by just a nose. She’s had Group One victory since then and Gerald Mosse will be looking to finish first this year after just missing out last year. Either way, this sprint is sure to be exhilarating! Who do you think will take first place?