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It doesn’t seem like a Saturday goes by at this time of the year without racing serving up another fantastic day in the sun.
The likes of the Guineas, the Derby and Royal Ascot may have already passed us by, but this Saturday treats us to the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the eagerly-awaited return of superstar Enable.
We’ve also got the Group Two Lancashire Oaks at Haydock, where Dramatic Queen and Enbihaar are two of the main attractions, while over in Ireland there’s action on the flat at Naas and over jumps at Bellewstown.
In total, there are nine meetings across the UK and Ireland, so Luke Parkinson is back in the saddle with a 256/1 treble on what promises to be a Super Saturday.
There is undoubtedly one star of the show this Saturday and that is Enable. She returns for the first time since winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in November, a victory that came just a few weeks after her second success in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
A hat-trick of Arc triumphs is the plan for the super filly later this season, but first, she has to prove she has still retained all her ability in the Coral-Eclipse.
Golden Horn was the last to win both the Eclipse and the Arc, so it isn’t unusual to see John Gosden sending one of his stable stars down this route.
Gosden also spoke earlier in the week saying “he couldn’t be happier” with how Enable has performed at home recently, so if she can live up to the billing, she should be the one to beat.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Qaroun looks worth a second look in the Coral Challenge over a mile at Sandown.
The four-year-old has shown the best of his work on the all-weather, where he has won or placed on all five starts on the surface.
His record on turf is nothing to be sniffed at either with a third-placed finish in a class two at Goodwood in May. He also has wins to his name at Newbury and Goodwood in 2017 and 2018 respectively and has been in a great vein of form this season with results of 2nd, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd.
Ryan Moore gets the ride on him for only the second time this weekend as well, so if he can transfer Qaroun’s form to turf, he should be well in the mix.
Middleham-based trainer Mark Johnston has an excellent record in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock, and he might just have another great chance to win it again this year.
He’s taken three of the last six renewals of the race, including just twelve months ago when Rainbow Rebel sprung a surprise at 12/1. His other winners were Notarised in 2015 and Star Lahib in 2013.
Johnston has a couple in the race this time around but Charles Kingsley looks to have a similar profile to Rainbow Rebel and that could hold him in good stead this weekend.
He’s been ultra-consistent already this season, including back-to-back victories at Hamilton and then Brighton.
He was stepped up to class two company since then, winning finishing fifth at Ayr, but there could still be an improvement to come and he’ll be well worth noting down alongside your ITV tips this Saturday.