07/15/2017 2:25PM

Enable, Harry Angel take Group I victories in Ireland, England


The 3-year-old filly Enable won her second consecutive Group 1 race in the $455,960 Irish Oaks at The Curragh in Ireland and Harry Angel won his first Group 1 in the $646,650 July Cup for sprinters at Newmarket, England, on Saturday.

Harry Angel (9-2) won the six-furlong July Cup by 1 1/4 lengths over 4-1 Limato, the winner of the 2016 July Cup. Caravaggio, the 10-11 favorite who had won his first six career starts, could finish only fourth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Harry Angel.

The July Cup was the first start against older horses for the 3-year-old Caravaggio, who is trained by Aidan O’Brien.

Harry Angel, a 3-year-old Dark Angel colt trained by Clive Cox, was ridden by Adam Kirby. Harry Angel was never far from pacesetter Intelligence Cross and took the lead in the final furlong. The July Cup was Harry Angel’s third group stakes win in six career starts. All of his wins have been in group stakes.
Owned by Godolphin Racing, Harry Angel was second to Caravaggio in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Royal Ascot on June 23.

Enable was the 2-5 favorite in the Irish Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/2 miles and ran accordingly. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable stalked pacesetter Bengala to the final quarter-mile before pulling away to win by a comfortable 5 1/2 lengths ahead of 7-1 Rain Goddess, also trained by O’Brien.

Enable, a Nathaniel filly, is trained by John Gosden for Juddmonte Farms. Enable has won four of five starts, with her only loss a third in an allowance race at Newbury, England, in April in her first start of the year.

Enable has won three consecutive stakes, including the minor Cheshire Oaks in England in May and the Group 1 English Oaks at Epsom on June 2.