King George: Gosden not expecting ‘sinister’ tactics as Enable faces three

  • Odds-on favourite faces trio of Aidan O’Brien runners
  • Dettori will have ‘blank canvas’ in inevitably tactical race

John Gosden said on Thursday that he does not expect to “see anything too sinister” unfolding at Ascot on Saturday when Enable, the odds-on favourite, takes on three runners from the Aidan O’Brien yard in Ireland in the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Gosden also suggested Frankie Dettori, Enable’s jockey, will have a “blank canvas” from the start in what seems sure to be a highly tactical race.

O’Brien’s well-established willingness to field multiple runners in Group One races has led some to question whether “team tactics” could be deployed to improve his overall chance. The possibility was recently raised by the leading owner Sheikh Fahad al-Thani after the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June – when O’Brien’s three runners all raced towards the head of the field until the home turn – saying on Twitter that it was “such a shame” to see the race “run like that”.

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