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Oaks triumph is just the start for Enable, insists Dettori

By Graham Clark

Frankie Dettori has tipped Enable to get even better after yesterday's stunning Oaks success at Epsom.

Dettori - at the age of 46 the oldest jockey riding in the race - praised the staying ability of his filly as he celebrated a fourth Oaks victory and first since 2002.

He said: "When I saw Ryan (Moore, on Rhododendron) wasn't moving alongside me I thought I was in trouble, but once I saw his distress signals coming I knew my filly would stay right to the end.

"She pulled away in the last furlong and is a good mare. I knew she had every chance, everything went smoothly. She's a very good filly and it was a great performance.

"She's only run three times, she's very good. I think she'll get better and better.

"I wanted to celebrate it a bit more, but it was wet, slippery - I thought 'just get over the line and we'll celebrate afterwards!'"

It was a case of one down, one to go for trainer John Gosden after Enable completed the first piece of his Classic jigsaw puzzle.

With Cracksman vying for favouritism in the Derby today, the Newmarket handler had his nerves eased thanks to a display of pure class from the daughter of Nathaniel.

There was no shortage of drama in the build-up to the race, with 8-11 favourite Rhododendron arriving just over an hour ahead of the off, before American challenger Daddys Lil Darling was withdrawn after bolting to the start, forcing jockey Olivier Peslier into the ejector seat.

With both Moore and Dettori calling on their mounts for maximum effort, it was the latter that received the better response, with the Cheshire Oaks winner forging on to take top honours by five lengths.

Gosden said: "Let's enjoy the moment, tomorrow is tomorrow.

"She is a magnificent filly, as good as I've had since Taghrooda (winner in 2014).

"You have races like the Irish Oaks or the King George. We can dream of the future."

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