Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
| Group 3, York 16:05
1m 2f 56y, Class 1
|Wednesday 16th May 2018|
1 Give And Take 7/2
2 Dancing Brave Bear 14/1
3 Ejtyah 5/1
7 ran Distances: 1l, 1½l, nk
Time: 2m 12.04s (slow by 5.04s)
Oaks entry Give And Take wins for James Doyle and William Haggas
A field of seven runners went to post for this recognised trial for next month’s Investec Oaks at Epsom, with Highgarden the 5-2 favourite to provide trainer John Gosden with a fourth successive win in the race – and a sixth in eight years.
Frankie Dettori took the market leader to the lead from the start, but she was a spent force entering the final furlong, whereas the William Haggas-trained Give And Take battled it out with Dancing Brave Bear on the stands’ rail.
Ridden by James Doyle, Give And Take asserted close home to secure victory by a length.
Haggas said: “She stayed on well. What a wonderfully game filly she is.”
Doyle said: “I was pleased with her. Each time she’s ran to a creditable level.
“It took her a while to adapt to it but I was very pleased with here at the line. She gets the trip very well.”
Haggas added: “I was delighted with her. She’s a stakes winner for the breeder.
“I’ve never been convinced a mile and a half is her go. Nicholas Jones (owner-breeder) assures me she’s from a good staying family, but she has always shown me speed at home.
“I have her in the Prix Saint-Alary next week (at Longchamp). I’m going to look at that. I know it’s quite soon, but I’m not convinced about the Oaks. There is only one Oaks. If Mr Jones wants to go for it, then we will.”
Haggas said: “I wasn’t expecting James to ride her like that, just because we knew she’d be a strong stayer, but I left it up to him.
“I don’t know about Epsom, I’ll have to talk to her owner/breeder. He’s adamant she’ll stay further and I’m not so sure.
“She was a bit exposed by Sir Michael Stoute’s filly (Crystal Hope) at Sandown, but we did have a penalty, and now we’ve won a Group Three.
“I know Ed (Vaughan) likes his filly (Dancing Brave Bear) and they looked a nice bunch in the paddock.”
Jones said: “She’s in the Prix Saint-Alary on May 27 at Longchamp and we’ll have to see who goes where. It’s nice to have the option of both.”
Ed Vaughan said of runner-up Dancing Brave Bear: “She just didn’t come forward from her last run as I would have liked.
“She’s only really come to herself in the last couple of weeks and she’s given a good blow there so I’m sure there’s improvement in her.
“She’s an exciting filly. She’s in the Ribblesdale and I’d imagine we’ll go there next.”
Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
£100,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 2f 56y, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(5)||Give And Take 7/2||James Doyle
|W J Haggas||3|
|2nd||(3)||1||Dancing Brave Bear (USA) 14/1||Andrea Atzeni
|E F Vaughan||3|
|3rd||(2)||1½||Ejtyah 5/1||J P Spencer
|D M Simcock||3|
|4th||(4)||nk||Highgarden 5/2f||L Dettori
|J H M Gosden||3|
|5th||(7)||¾||Lubinka (IRE) 13/2||Oisin Murphy
|P W Chapple-Hyam||3|
|6th||(1)||1||Ceilidhs Dream 4/1||Harry Bentley
|R M Beckett||3|
|7th||(6)||11||Expensive Liaison (IRE) 20/1||W Buick