Saturday sees some of the best horses in the world line up at Ascot in what looks like the race of the season so far. John Gosden has been at pains all week to stress how difficult an assignment this is for his superstar filly Enable (8/13), but there is no doubting that she is a justifiably warm favourite.
Unbeaten in her last ten starts, a record which stretches back to May 2017 she is increasingly seen by supporters as bulletproof, seemingly impervious to ground conditions, trip and tactics. Dettori partners her again, as she aims to build on her first run this season, when winning the Eclipse (1m2f) off a delayed preparation.
Her biggest danger would appear to be Crystal Ocean (11/4), with James Doyle taking the ride in place of Ryan Moore who partners Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyke (15/2).
Crystal Ocean appears better than ever this year, finally winning his first, overdue Group 1 when very impressive last time out in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m2f, soft). He won’t mind the good ground, but any rain overnight would be welcome as he looks to push Enable all the way over his best trip.
Cheval Grand and Waldgeist add an international element to proceedings, and while the Japanese raider is probably in too deep, Waldgeist can make an impact if producing his best domestic form on English soil.
Anthony Van Dyke gets weight from all but one (stablemate Norway), however this looks a tough ask for the Irish Derby runner up, who seems to be falling down the ranks of the Ballydoyle three year olds as the summer goes on.
Fans of Enable looking to back her at a bigger price should consider the winning distance market. Take enable to win by less than 2 lengths (2/1) as Crystal Ocean looks to make her pull out all the stops.
Dettori fans can capitalise on a special double this week. If you fancy the Italian to continue his sensational summer, take Enable and Stradivarius (Goodwood Cup, Tuesday) both to win at 9/4.
Another option for Enable backers is to add hot favourites Tipperary and Limerick to win their respective All Ireland hurling semi-finals. The treble pays 3/1.
*All prices correct at time of publication