Enbihaar for Langtree Stakes

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Enbihaar for Langtree Stakes

JOHN GOSDEN

Enbihaar should return to winning ways in the Group 2 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes on the final day of Goodwood on Saturday after a satisfactory seasonal return.

The five-year-old was an impressive winner of this 2800m heat last year, breezing up by five lengths in what was a breakthrough season for John Gosden’s charge.

She had previously won the Lancashire Oaks and went on to add the Park Hill Stakes to her tally before having to settle for third when upped to Group 1 company in the Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp on Arc weekend.

Soft ground was against her there, as it was on her return at Newmarket when she turned in a fair effort to finish fourth behind Dame Malliot over 2400m – a trip which may just be a little sharp for her nowadays.

Back up in distance, it will be disappointing if Enbihaar cannot bounce back to her best.

Swindler blotted his copybook when refusing to enter the stalls at Royal Ascot, but should be given chance to redeem himself in the Unibet Stewards’ Cup.

The four-year-old was good enough as a juvenile to be beaten just a head behind Sussex Stakes hero Mohaather, but it would be fair to say he has not subsequently found the same levels of form as that rival.

That said, he is no slouch with two wins to his credit last season in competitive events at Ascot, winning in particularly eye-catching style on the second occasion in September despite hanging across the track in the finish.

Ed Walker pitched him back into action at Newmarket in June, with his 3.50-length fifth being a creditable one as the race was not run to suit.

Swindler was well fancied for the Silver Wokingham, so it was disappointing to see him withdrawn, but Walker and his team are sure to have been working on that in the interim and the Invincible Spirit gelding remains on a competitive mark.

The consolation Unibet Stewards’ Sprint Handicap can go the way of May Remain for George Baker and Cieren Fallon.

Previously trained in Ireland, he has not been out of the first three in four starts for Baker so far this term, eventually striking gold in a competitive heat at Sandown last time.

Racing over 1000m, he kept on strongly at the finish so stepping back up to 1200m – a trip over which he has been successful in the past – should not be a problem.

Katara can make a seamless switch to Listed level in the British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes at Newmarket. Well beaten on her only juvenile start, Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was just touched off on her debut at York in June before truly showing her rivals a clean pair of heels on the Kempton all-weather.

She slammed La Dragontea by five lengths, clearly relishing the step up in trip to 2200m and with the stamina in her pedigree, another furlong here can only be a positive factor.

Former Stoute inmate Dubious Affair has made strides since switching to Charlie Fellowes’ care and she could be the surprise package in the Gloriously Simple With MansionBet Further Flight Stakes.

She is unbeaten in three starts so far this term, most recently prevailing by a short head a Newbury, and while she has plenty to find on official ratings, there are question marks about a couple of her rivals while in contrast Dubious Affair is on an upward curve having already improved 7kg this term.

El Astronaute failed to show his best on his latest start but can be given another chance in the British Stallion Studs EBF Soba Conditions Stakes at Hamilton. A Listed winner at Doncaster on his return in June, he tried to make all at the same level at York recently but dropped away tamely to finish last of nine runners. This should be easier. – Press Association

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