Jim Crowley salutes "real star" Enbihaar after Lillie Langtry success

  • Jim Crowley salutes
  • Jim Crowley salutes

By Duane Fonseca

Enbihaar annihilated her rivals en route to a resounding five length success in the Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.

Owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 4yo Redoute's Choice filly was in a class of her own during the 2800m contest and turned in a solid performance despite not having the best of breaks.

Enbihaar found traffic early on but started to travel really well with 600m left, gaining the lead with the last quarter of a mile left to run. She was simply unstoppable and flew clear of her rivals to win by a massive five lengths from Manuela De Vega with South Sea Pearl a further length and three fourths behind in third.

Her rider Jim Crowley said: "That was a big performance to do what she did there. I wanted to be handy, she's a big filly and didn't jump well.

"We ran very quickly down into a sharp bend and we got shuffled back a bit. That's why I was conscious to get her on the outside and get her rolling quite early. She just galloped and is a real star."

Trained by John Gosden the win was a good follow up to her victory in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock in July.

Crowley added: "It's nice Sheikh Hamdan has kept her in training, you can see how big she is and obviously giving her that extra year has really come to fruition. It's taken a while to fill her frame and she's only just coming good now."

  • HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

    HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum