Gosden blow as injury rules So Mi Dar out of Epsom Oaks
Published 17/05/2016 | 02:30
John Gosden has been dealt a blow after being forced to rule So Mi Dar out of the Oaks through lameness.
While the problem is not serious, Gosden is not prepared to take a risk with the Musidora Stakes winner, which looked set to pose a real threat to Aidan O'Brien's 1,000 Guineas winner Minding.
The news is a rare reversal of fortune for Gosden, who just days ago appeared to be heading to Epsom with two major chances after the victory of Wings Of Desire in the Dante Stakes.
"It was one of those mornings you get," said Gosden. "She came out of the race great, but this morning she was lame on her left hind. I told Andrew and Madeleine (Lloyd-Webber, owners) and got the vet in and she is not right. We would call it a one to two out of five to grade it.
"She may well come right in 10 days, but you cannot go to any major race thinking you can walk for 10 days and suddenly be ready.
"The horse come first and luckily I'm training for proper owner-breeders who understand the game. I'm afraid she's a non runner. It's a real disappointment.
"She's a gorgeous filly, she won in great style and we were all looking forward to the Oaks.
"But it's not a little bruise in the foot - it's a little higher up and it's just going to take a little time to come right. I'm sure she'll probably be back for the Irish Oaks, but sadly, not Epsom."
At Killarney, meanwhile, Cantlow got up to deny Your Busy in the McSweeney Arms Hotel Killarney National Handicap Chase. The Enda Bolger trained 11-year-old, last seen finishing second in the La Touche Cup at Punchestown, was sent off an 8/1 chance (from 9's) in the colours of JP McManus.
Settled towards rear by Mark Walsh (completing an 89/1 double, after earlier winning on Dressedtothenines), he had plenty to do on the approach to the last, but he stayed on well, getting up to score by half a length.
Your Busy (25/1) looked set to score but he couldn't hold off the winner, and had to settle for second under Mark Enright for James Nash with Tulsa Jack third.
Earlier, Gordon Elliott's Clarcam got the better of odds-on stablemate The Game Changer, in the feature, the Grade Three Laurels Pub & Restaurant An Riocht Chase.
The victor, a dual Grade One winner, was fifth in the BoyleSports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival, and he was sent off a 10/3 chance. Settled in second by Jack Kennedy, he jumped into a share of the lead at the third last, and stayed on best on the run-in to score by two-and-a-quarter lengths.