Ruby Walsh: I Can See Why Enable’s Team are Dodging Love at York

Ruby gives us his thoughts on the highlight races of this week's festival at York

Ruby Walsh


Next week’s Ebor Festival is building up to be a great few days of racing and we’re in line for some brilliant races including next Wednesday’s Juddmonte International.

One contest we won’t get to see, next week anyway, is Enable taking on Love in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Connections of Enable have decided to go to Kempton for the September Stakes and I can see why.  Everything is about the Arc with Enable but she’s already won two Yorkshire Oaks.  

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Yes, from a horse racing point of view, of course, we’d all like to see her take on Love next week. From an owner and trainer’s point of view though, their ambition is to win a third Arc so I can see why they don’t want to give her a tough run in August.

The way I see it, ‘Do you want to be more famous for winning a third Arc or a third Yorkshire Oaks?’ You don’t want to leave your Arc behind you in York either.  

Do I wish Enable was taking on Love next week? Yes. But they’re doing what they think is right. Enable won the September Stakes before she went on to win her second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe so I can see why they’re going that route again. 

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August 19th Juddmonte International Stakes

We are going to get some great races though and the Juddmonte International looks like being a cracker. Ghaiyyath has set the standard so far of the older generation by winning the Coronation Cup and the Eclipse. He’s done nothing wrong this season and it’s hard to knock him.

However, he’s taking on Lord North, who I think is an improving horse. He won the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes and Frankie is going to ride him. Then you’ve got Magical from Ballydoyle and you’d love to see Kameko running as well.  


The Juddmonte International is a race that never seems to disappoint and I think we’re in for another great renewal on Wednesday. The Great Voltigeur is always a good trial for the St Leger and it looks as though Mogul might be the Ballydoyle main runner there. I thought he looked more of a stayer in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood and looking at what he looks like facing on Wednesday, this going be a straight forward opportunity for him.  

August 21st Nunthorpe Stakes

And then we’ve got Battaash in the Nunthorpe Stakes on Saturday. He broke the track record in Goodwood and that was incredible to watch.

It’s funny because he’s starting to become a people’s horse and yet the public can’t go to see him race because of what’s going on in the world. He’s now turned into a horse that would attract people to go racing if times were different.

He’s quickly become a wow horse, which is obviously great for racing. 

He’ll be possibly taking on the two-year-olds here and there’s also Kimari, who finished second in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and looks pretty quick.

Next week’s Nunthorpe will be a different challenge for Battaash, that’s for sure.

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