Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
Group 3, York 14:40
£40,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 2f 56y, Class 1   
Thursday 9th July 2020 - New Date

The Group Three is normally one of the best trials for the Oaks – but in this coronavirus-affected season, it takes place after the Classic.

Owner Khalid Abdullah has three of the 13 entries – the John Gosden-trained Franconia and Ricetta plus Roger Charlton’s Pocket Square.

Franconia, a daughter of Frankel was given quotes for the Oaks after her win in a listed race at Newbury on June 13.

But Gosden was quick to point out that as a half-sister to the stable’s former Nassau Stakes heroine Winsili, it was sensible to stick to 10 furlongs for the time being.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “She’s going to go to the Musidora – we’re doing it the wrong way round!

“Unfortunately this year is all a bit upside down.

“She’s a promising filly, (but) Newbury was only her second ever race.

“We have good faith in her, but we were never really tempted by the Oaks. We’ll just see how we go.”

Gosden has a third possible in Lake Lucerne, owned by Godolphin.

Also for Godolphin is Sakura Pearl, a daughter by Dubawi out of 2011 Oaks heroine Dancing Rain. She has been given an entry by Appleby on the back of a Newmarket novice success.

Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
£40,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 2f 56y, Class 1
13 entries
Going: Good

1 1 Albaflora 3 - Ralph Beckett Harry Bentley
2 164- Alpinista 3 - Sir Mark Prescott Bt
3 51 Baarrij 3 - William Haggas
4 -41233 Dubai Love 3 - Saeed bin Suroor
5 2-1 Franconia 3 - John Gosden
6 2- Golden Hind 3 - David O'Meara
7 7-1 Lake Lucerne 3 - John Gosden
8 121-80 Night Colours 3 - Simon & Ed Crisford
9 41-5 Oriental Mystique 3 - David Simcock
10 311- Pocket Square 3 - Roger Charlton Jason Watson
11 11 Ricetta 3 - John Gosden
12 411-93 Rose Of Kildare 3 - Mark Johnston
13 01 Sakura Petal 12 3 - Charlie Appleby James Doyle