Dream, Doyle and Enable: some key talking points from Saturday's racing
Enable dazzles but Arc picture no clearer
It was a fitting end to Enable's racing career in Britain as she routed her rivals by seven lengths in the September Stakes at Kempton, but the performance did little to make the Arc picture any clearer.
It was no doubt the perfect prep for the wondermare before she sets sail for Longchamp, but we are no closer to finding out how good Enable actually is this season and how she compares to the seemingly unstoppable Love.
Beating only two rivals in the King George and cruising to success in a Group 3 makes it difficult to determine whether she is still at the top of her game, but that just adds to the excitement and intrigue for what looks to be one of the best Arcs in years.
Doyle ready for the big time
The good times just keep on coming for Hollie Doyle, who guided 25-1 outsider Glen Shiel to an unlikely second behind Dream Of Dreams in the Haydock Sprint Cup on the jockey's first ride in a domestic Group 1.
That follows on from her five-timer at Windsor last Saturday and continues a standout year for the 23-year-old.
Doyle has already enjoyed her first Royal Ascot success and first Group winner, and it seems she can do no wrong at the moment.
Such a tremendous effort in the saddle aboard Glen Shiel will no doubt bring more big opportunities Doyle's way, and a first success at the top level now looks on the horizon.
Stoute has another golden oldie in Dream
Glen Shiel had no answer to Dream Of Dreams, who at the age of six proved once again that Sir Michael Stoute's talent to bring improvement to older horses is unmatched.
Dream Of Dreams was very inconsistent last season and the years that came before, but there has been no sign of that in this campaign with a head defeat in the Diamond Jubilee followed up by a seven-length victory in the Hungerford and a first Group 1 win.
He is now 5-2 favourite to collect a second top-level win in the Champions Sprint and, although he has beaten only two home across the last two runnings of that race, it is hard to look beyond him given what he has shown so far.
Rank can take Tate to the top level
Top Rank delivered a sublime effort to win the Group 3 Superior Mile and make it five wins out of six for James Tate.
The trainer has had plenty of good horses, most notably Invincible Army, and Top Rank became his fifth horse to win at Group level, giving him eight Group wins in total.
A victory at the highest level still eludes Tate but the manner in which his lightly raced colt won on Saturday suggests the QEII could be a realistic target, even against the likes of Palace Pier and Kameko.
The smile on Tate's face after Top Rank's victory at Haydock suggests he knows he's got a good thing on his hands.
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