Park Hill Stakes preview: Enbihaar the punt in Doncaster Group 2

Published on: September 11, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
Our 2019 Park Hill Stakes preview includes the in-form Enbihaar at Doncaster

Enbihaar is progressing at a rate of knots, so looks capable of giving weight all-round to land the hat-trick in the 1m 6f Group 2 Park Hill Stakes on day two of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster this Thursday (14:40).

This John Gosden trained filly is the only four-year-old in the line-up, so has to give 10lb and upwards to all seven of her younger rivals.

However, she’s taken her form to a new level this season in winning three of her four starts and looks a potential Group 1 performer in the making.

In the first of those successes on reappearance at Goodwood, the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned daughter of Redoute’s Choice landed a Listed contest in good style when beating Klassique by 1 3/4 lengths.

Enbihaar then very well to finish second to Dramatic Queen in a Group 3 over this trip at York, before showing a good attitude to gain revenge on that rival by a neck in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

She has since sluiced up in the Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood where, after taking up the running on the bit two from home, she quickened clear to slam Epsom Oaks fourth Manuela De Vega by six lengths.

It was a performance which oozed class. On that run, Enbihaar has nothing to fear from re-opposing duo South Sea Pearl and Peach Tree – who finished third and sixth respectively.

The form of that race also reads well in relation to this. Enbihaar is also getting better and stronger with each outing and is clearly on a serious upward curve.

At 5/4 with BetVictor, she is thus taken to land the Park Hill Stakes spoils en route to even better things.

Dame Malliot the obvious danger under Frankie

The Ed Vaughan trained Dame Malliot is rated 110 – just 3lb below Enbihaar – but receives 10lb from that rival, so comes out clear and adjusted figures.

This three-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees has won all but one of her four starts and is 1-1 under Frankie Dettori.

After shaping as if needed the run when second on seasonal reappearance at Chelmsford, Dame Malliot impressively landed a Listed contest at Newmarket when running on strongly from off the pace to win going away by five lengths from Spirit Of Appin.

She then showed a good attitude to beat Love So deep by a head in a Group 2 at Deauville last month under Dettori, reeling in the runner-up close home to score a shade cosily.

Speaking after that success, Vaughan described Dame Malliot as "a big, raw filly who is getting better physically as the year goes on" and suggested that she would be pitched into Group 1 company rather than contest this.

She holds an entry in the Group 1 Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot in October, but the Newmarket handler has clearly had a change of mind ahead of that and believes more experience is needed before stepping up to the highest level.

It makes Dame Malliot, who can be backed at 5/2 with Paddy Power, a fascinating contender and commands her the utmost respect in what doesn’t look the strongest renewals of the Park Hill Stakes.

Vivid Diamond an each-way play in Park Hill Stakes

Should one of the "big two" fail to live up to expectations, then Vivid Diamond could take advantage and is a value each-way play at 12/1 with Ladbrokes.

This Mark Johnston trained three-year-old daughter of Cape Cross had some useful form as a juvenile. She bounced back to form in no uncertain fashion 12 days ago at Chester when romping to a five-length success over stable companion Persian Moon in a 1m 6f Listed contest.

After travelling strongly throughout, jockey Franny Norton barged her through a gap rounding the home turn, almost bringing down the third home Outbox in the process.

However, Vivid Diamond didn’t get unbalanced during the manoeuvre and shot clear to win going away with her ears pricked.

She was receiving 5lb from the runner-up, but that rival has since been beaten just a short-head in the valuable Lavazza Stakes at Ascot.

Persian Moon was also a half-length length third to Bangkok in a Group 2 at Sandown and fourth in Listed contests at Newmarket and Goodwood.

It gives the form a far from shabby look, and Vivid Diamond could well have more to offer now that she has got her head back in front.

This obviously represents a big step up in class and demands a much more, but Vivid Diamond could well outurn her odds and therefore appeals most in the Park Hill Stakes from an each-way punting perspective.