Ghaiyyath gets the better of Enable in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown
There was no winning return to action for Enable this afternoon as Ghaiyyath took the honours in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.
All eyes were on the John Gosden-trained Enable heading into the Group 1 contest, with the six-year-old making her seasonal debut as she bids to make history by clinching a third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.
But it was another Newmarket-based horse – Charlie Appleby's Ghaiyyath – that caught the eye under William Buick.
As expected the emphatic Coronation Cup winner hit the front early on and after being nursed around the bend by Buick, he opened up for home with three furlongs remaining.
Enable – ridden by Frankie Dettori – did her best to close the gap late on, but ultimately had to settle for second place with Japan rounding off the top three.
Moulton Paddocks' Appleby told ITV Sport: "I am delighted. He's a horse that has always been a yard favourite and we have always held him in high esteem.
"He wears his heart on his sleeve and he was never going to lie down. He is a finished article but after today's performance we will have to take it one day at a time and see how he comes out of it."
Meanwhile, a triumphant Buick added: "Obviously last year was very in and out for him.
"That was a great performance. From a rider's perspective he is becoming a lot more manageable.
"This ranks right up there. This is a great horse. We have great respect for Enable – you have to give her a mention."