Enable Among King George Sixteen

Khalid Abdullah’s dual Classic winning homebred Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) may get the chance to emulate previous Oaks/King George winner Taghrooda (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) by lining up in Saturday’s G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot. The filly is one of 16 horses left in the 1,000,000 race for which she is currently the market leader. She cantered this morning and seems fine in herself, and as she flew to Ireland and back she did not take that much out of herself, her trainer John Gosden said on Monday. As the Yorkshire Oaks is that much later this year it makes sense to have a look at Ascot while she’s in such good form and a final decision will be made on Wednesday when I discuss matters with the owner. With the ground currently on the soft side Gosden has also left in Godolphin’s Jack Hobbs (GB) (Halling) along with Maverick Wave (Elusive Quality) and he is confident Jack Hobbs can put his disappointing Royal Ascot effort behind him on Saturday. He’s run brilliantly twice in autumn ground there, but a mile and a half with cut in the ground is right up his street.

Last year’s winner Highland Reel (Ire) is on target along with his full-brother Idaho (Ire) and the pair could be joined by Ballydoyle stable-mates Johannes Vermeer (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and US Army Ranger (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). The plan is to run both Highland Reel and Idaho, Aidan O’Brien told The Racing Post. They both came out of Ascot well and we’re happy with them. They’ll have bits to do over the next few days and, once all goes well, the two of them will run.

Godolphin are well represented in their bid to maintain their fine Group 1 record this summer and apart from the Gosden pair they could rely on the Charlie Appleby trained duo of Hawk Bill (Kitten’s Joy) and Frontiersman (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), a recent 1-2 in the G2 Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club S. at Newmarket while Saeed Bin Suroor has left in G3 Hampton Court S. winner Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Sir Michael Stoute’s G1 Coral Eclipse winner Ulysses (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) adds further depth to the race along with the likes of My Dream Boat (Ire) (Lord Shanakill) and Permian (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). David Simcock has left in his progressive pair Algometer (GB) (Archipenko) and Desert Encounter (GB) (Halling) while international interest is added by the South American challenger Sixties Song (Arg) (Sixties Icon {GB}).

Double For Qatar Bloodstock

Sheikh Fahad’s Qatar Bloodstock bagged a pair of wins at Flemington on Saturday. The first came with the 4-year-old mare Dulverton (Aus) (Commands {Aus}) in the second race on the card, a one mile benchmark 84 race. Trained by Robert Smerdon and ridden by Brandon Stockdale, Dulverton scored by 1 1/4 lengths and was earning her second straight win off a benchmark 78 score at Sandown-Lakeside on July 12. Dulverton was a A$180,000 purchase by David Redvers at the 2014 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Two races later, the Qatar Bloodstock colours were back in the winner’s enclosure when the 4-year-old gelding Portman (Aus) (Makfi {GB}) lifted a 1400 metre benchmark 84 race for trainer Danny O’Brien, who is a part-owner of the horse. Portman, a A$200,000 purchase from the same sale as Dulverton, was winning for the second time this year and fourth time overall.

Thoroughbred Trail Filling Up

Two of the nine trails for the Curragh Thoroughbred Trail, part of Irish Champions Weekend on Sept. 10, have sold out. The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail allows racing fans behind-the-scenes access to racing yards, stud farms and equine hospitals in the area. Already sold out are visits to the yards of Dermot Weld and Johnny Murtagh, and with openings still available are the yards of John Oxx, Adrian Keatley, Willie McCreery, Michael O’Callaghan, Michael Halford and Tracey Collins, as well as the Irish National Stud, Kildangan Stud, the Racing Academy and Centre for Education and the Irish Farrier School.

Each trail is limited to 50 people filled on a first come, first served basis. All proceeds from the trails will benefit horse racing charities.

Key House Committee doubles down on killing America’s iconic horses

Marking a reversal in policy and exaggerating the impact of wild horses on our federal lands in the West, a few western lawmakers succeeded in getting the House Appropriations Committee to accept an amendment that could allow the destruction of America’s wild horses. The committee adopted an amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, whose effort weakens long-accepted bipartisan provisions that prevented the killing of healthy wild horses and burros.

Tickets Available for RRP Thoroughbred Makeover

Ticket sales for the 2017 $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Presented by the Thoroughbred Charities of America have opened, the Retired Racehorse Project announced Tuesday. The event takes place Oct. 5-8 at the Kentucky Horse Park and involves 578 trainers working with recently retired Thoroughbred horses, who will compete in 10 different categories, with the top five from each moving on to Saturday’s Covered Arena Finale.

At least half of the Thoroughbreds in this year’s Makeover will be offered for sale. Buyers will have online and printed catalogues and opportunities to examine and ride horses at seller’s discretion.

Tickets for Saturday’s finale and evening celebration can be purchased at the RRP’s website here. They are $25 for the public ($15 for children and RRP members) and include dinner.

National Goal For Gustav Klimt

‘TDN Rising Star’ Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who overcame trouble to win Saturday’s G2 Superlative S., will have a short break before targeting the G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National S. at The Curragh on Sept. 10, according to trainer Aidan O’Brien. Gustav Klimt was a winner at second asking at The Curragh on July 2 and won the Superlative by a head two weeks later after being closed out of a gap in the final stages.

O’Brien said, We were very happy with him. He went there for experience. He had a nice run first time, then he won his maiden at The Curragh.

He would have learned a lot the last day, traveling over [to Newmarket], the trainer added. He had to quicken and come through, as he didn’t get a clear run. Often it is a very good for the horse to experience all that stuff and learn a lot in a short space of time. The plan is that he might have an easy time, then train him for the National S.

National Goal For Gustav Klimt

‘TDN Rising Star’ Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who overcame trouble to win Saturday’s G2 Superlative S., will have a short break before targeting the G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National S. at The Curragh on Sept. 10, according to trainer Aidan O’Brien. Gustav Klimt was a winner at second asking at The Curragh on July 2 and won the Superlative by a head two weeks later after being closed out of a gap in the final stages.

O’Brien said, We were very happy with him. He went there for experience. He had a nice run first time, then he won his maiden at The Curragh.

He would have learned a lot the last day, traveling over [to Newmarket], the trainer added. He had to quicken and come through, as he didn’t get a clear run. Often it is a very good for the horse to experience all that stuff and learn a lot in a short space of time. The plan is that he might have an easy time, then train him for the National S.