Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
Group 3, York 16:05
£100,000 added,
3yo only,
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

Give And Take
Give And Take

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.”

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Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
£100,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 2f 56y, Class 1
7 ran
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) 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
H Palmer 3