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Enable to star in extended UK racing coverage

The return of wonder mare Enable will headline a massive program of international feature racing on Sky Thoroughbred Central this weekend.

Off the back of ITV’s stellar Royal Ascot coverage, Sky Thoroughbred Central will again partner with ITV to capture all the live action across Saturday and Sunday nights.

Enable, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, faces a small but select field in the Eclipse Stakes, a race she won last year as the $1.75 favourite. Stunning last-start Coronation Cup winner Ghaiyyath will line up, as well as her own star stablemate Lord North, a dominant winner of the Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The much-travelled Magic Wand, winner of the G1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington last Spring is also among the entries.

Enable, a winner of 13 of her 15 starts, has not raced since finishing second trying to defend her Prix de l’arc de Triomphe crown at Lonchamp on October 6 last year. All eyes will be on the champion mare with The Eclipse scheduled to jump at 12.35am Monday (AEST).

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On Saturday night, Sky Thoroughbred Central’s focus will be on the huge Investec Derby and Oaks meeting at Epsom Downs.

There is strong Aussie interest in the Derby with last-start Royal Ascot winner Russian Emperor a $7 third favourite. He is the son of the former brilliant Mark Kavanagh-trained mare Atlantic Jewel.

Russian Emperor has raced just four times for champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien for two wins, a second and a third and powered to the line like a Derby horse to win the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 17.

Check out the full schedule of ITV UK racing showcase coverage on Sky Thoroughbred Central in coming months.

Saturday 4/07/2020 Epsom Downs 1 day
Sunday 5/07/2020 Sandown Park 1 day
Thu, Fri, Sat 9-11/07/2020 Newmarket 3 days
Saturday 25/07/2020 Ascot 1 day
Tues, Weds, Thu, Fri, Sat 28/07/2020 to 1/08/2020 Goodwood 5 days
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 19-22/08/2020 York 4 days
Saturday 17/10/2020 Ascot 1 day

Don’t miss a minute of the action on Sky Thoroughbred Central or via the Sky Racing Active app.