Monday 11 December 2017

Aidan O’Brien earmarks three runners for York’s Tattersalls Musidora Stakes

AIDAN O'Brien is responsible for three of the 15 entries as he chases his first victory in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York next Wednesday.

The Group Three contest has so far eluded the master of Ballydoyle, but he has a strong team this year.

Was made a big impression when winning on her debut at the Curragh last August and is joined by stablemates Twirl and Soon.

The only other Irish entry is the Jim Bolger-trained Alla Speranza, who was sixth in last weekend's 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The highest-rated filly in the field is the Roger Varian-trained Firdaws, last seen finishing third in the Group One Fillies' Mile.

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has Lacily and Minidress in the mix, while other possibles include Guineas seventh Lily's Angel and Mark Johnston's Abishena.

John Gosden's The Fugue was fourth in the 1000 Guineas and she could make a quick reappearance.

Gosden told Racing UK: "She didn't strike into herself, she was travelling quite well and then one caught her from behind.

"It knocked a hind leg and she dropped back three lengths, but finished her race well.

"The vet did a fabulous job at the track. There was a whole skin flap down but luckily it hadn't touched the fibre of the tendon at the back.

"It's healed very nicely and she cantered nicely yesterday and this morning.

"We'd like to look at the Musidora with her.

"She's in good order and if the ground is decent enough, we may well look at York.

"She's a smart sort of filly."

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