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Indigo Girl: Will John Gosden’s exciting talent follow in the footsteps of Enable?

The three-year-old filly Indigo Girl could take the same route as the retired superstar in this season’s renewal of The Oaks



Epsom, Surrey, UK 2nd June, 2017Franki Dettori wins The Oaks on Enable at Epsom Downs Credit: Motofoto/Alamy Live News

In a race marred in controversy, Indigo Girl quietly stated her potential when finishing second in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last season.

John Gosden’s filly exploded with energy in the final furlong, making up late ground to finish half a length behind Pretty Gorgeous.

However, the result was not the standout factor in this race as two of Aiden O’Brien’s runners were saddled incorrectly with Mother Earth finishing third instead of Snowfall.

Indigo Girl ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori wins the bet365 May Hill Stakes during day two of the William Hill St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse.
Indigo Girl ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori wins the bet365 May Hill Stakes during day two of the William Hill St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse

The scandal threw a blanket over individual performances, with Indigo Girl going under the radar for the next season’s three-year-old events.

The daughter of Dubawi showed a slight level of inexperience when keeping on well to win in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes earlier in the season, but she showed improvement in her next showing at Newmarket.

The 1000 Guineas or the Pretty Polly Stakes are next on the agenda for Indigo Girl, with Gosden likely to make the choice based on how the three-year-old fares in training.

But is she likely to follow Enable in landing success in The Oaks for the Newmarket trainer? It is unclear at this stage.

Gosden cast some doubt of his exciting filly heading to the Downs last season, making a bold statement after her Group 2 victory at Doncaster.

“I see Indigo Girl more as a mile to a mile-and-quarter filly.

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 “I don’t see her like her sister (Grade 1 winner Journey) over a mile and a half. She travels strongly and has got a great turn of foot.”

The Gosden and Detorri partnership also teamed up to win the Oaks in 2019 through Anapurna

The three-year-old is a near-certainty to run in the opening weekend of May, and she also holds an entry in the Irish Oaks later on in the year.

However, she is yet to race at 1m4f with her three starts last season coming over a mile.

Whether Gosden will take the chance of running her in the Classic remains to be seen but nevertheless, Indigo Girl is an eye-catching performer to watch out for this season.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.