Enable, ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori, wins the English Oaks at Epsom Racecourse. Adam Davy / PA
Enable, ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori, wins the English Oaks at Epsom Racecourse. Adam Davy / PA

Frankie Dettori rides Enable to thrilling English Oaks victory at Epsom

EPSOM, ENGLAND // Godolphin left Epsom empty-handed on Friday as John Gosden’s Enable and Aidan O’Brien’s Highland Reel plundered the English Oaks and Group 1 Coronation Cup respectively.

Sobetsu could finish only eighth to Enable, who set a course record time for the 2,400-metre Classic of two minutes, 34.13 seconds under Frankie Dettori.

In driving rain, that was preceded by thunder and lightning across the rolling Downs, Enable fought off English 1000 Guineas runner-up Rhododendron and Ryan Moore to win by five lengths.

It was a fourth victory in the English Classic for Dettori, who had previously won with Godolphin’s Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995) and Kazzia (2002) from his 21 rides. It sets up the Italian rider beautifully for Saturday’s Derby, in which he rides Cracksman, one of the favourites for the colt’s Classic.

“Ryan came very quickly and I looked at his reins and they were pretty tight and I thought, ‘Oh God, he’s got the better of me,” Dettori said of the thrilling final 500 metres. “Then we got to the two pole and I got him off the bridle and I thought I would definitely get to the line and he was not going to.

“The filly put on a very good performance. The back of my mind I knew I had a great chance. I knew Rhododendron would have a question mark over her stamina.

“I have raced in every race today and I’ve just got to go home and regroup for the big one. It’s like a player scoring a penalty and going back to the circle with a spring in their step.”

Trainer John Gosden suggested after the race that Enable, who won the Cheshire Oaks from third placed Alluringly, was of the same class of Taghrooda, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid’s 2014 Oaks winner who went on to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It would not be a surprise to see her take on the colts in mid-summer.

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Why it pays to compare

A comparison of sending Dh20,000 from the UAE using two different routes at the same time - the first direct from a UAE bank to a bank in Germany, and the second from the same UAE bank via an online platform to Germany - found key differences in cost and speed. The transfers were both initiated on January 30.

Route 1: bank transfer

The UAE bank charged Dh152.25 for the Dh20,000 transfer. On top of that, their exchange rate margin added a difference of around Dh415, compared with the mid-market rate.

Total cost: Dh567.25 - around 2.9 per cent of the total amount

Total received: €4,670.30 

Route 2: online platform

The UAE bank’s charge for sending Dh20,000 to a UK dirham-denominated account was Dh2.10. The exchange rate margin cost was Dh60, plus a Dh12 fee.

Total cost: Dh74.10, around 0.4 per cent of the transaction

Total received: €4,756

The UAE bank transfer was far quicker – around two to three working days, while the online platform took around four to five days, but was considerably cheaper. In the online platform transfer, the funds were also exposed to currency risk during the period it took for them to arrive.


Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

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  • Easy to use and require less rigorous credit checks than traditional credit options
  • Offers the ability to spread the cost of purchases over time, often interest-free
  • Convenient and can be integrated directly into the checkout process, useful for online shopping
  • Helps facilitate cash flow planning when used wisely


  • The ease of making purchases can lead to overspending and accumulation of debt
  • Missing payments can result in hefty fees and, in some cases, high interest rates after an initial interest-free period
  • Failure to make payments can impact credit score negatively
  • Refunds can be complicated and delayed

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