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Emily Upjohn could yet bid to atone for her Oaks heartbreak in next week's Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: PA Wire

Emily Upjohn could yet bid to atone for her Oaks heartbreak in next week's Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: PA Wire

Emily Upjohn could yet bid to atone for her Oaks heartbreak in next week's Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: PA Wire

Emily Upjohn could yet feature in next week’s Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot as she bids to bounce back from her recent Epsom Oaks heartbreak.

John and Thady Gosden’s exciting filly, sent off the 6/4 favourite, endured a luckless Classic run last Friday when stumbling out of the stalls and losing ground before just being edged out on the line by Tuesday and a quick reappearance is not off the agenda next Thursday.

“The Ribblesdale is a very important race, she’s never won a Group Two,” John Gosden said. “You wait until the end of July and you’re looking at two possible races, then the Yorkshire Oaks. If she’s in good form, it’s something that needs to be considered and thoroughly looked at.

“You don’t just say, ‘Oh we’ll wait seven weeks or two months’. In her life she’s had four races, which isn’t an awful lot. We’ll see, she’s fine, she’s been eating well and looking well. She’s cantered and seems happy, so we’ll keep the options open.”

Gosden also revealed that Stradivarius will make his penultimate racecourse appearance at the Royal meeting as the legendary stayer bids to land the Gold Cup for a fourth time, and match the feat of Yeats.

“If he gets his ground, which it looks like he may do, he’s up to running a massive race in the Gold Cup,” he said of Thursday’s blue riband. 

“It was always the plan to run at Ascot and then Goodwood, and we’re sticking to that as long as he’s with us. He was probably in his prime at five or maybe six but eight is another thing.”

Meanwhile, Dr Sempf led home a 1-2 for Ger Lyons in the Group Three Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown yesterday with the Meath trainer predicting a bright future in the US for the Dark Angel colt after Colin Keane's mount got the better of stablemate Straight Answer.

“The wheels are back on the wagon in no uncertain terms. I never had a doubt that he would get a mile and I was wrong. He did that really well and I would say that is his best performance," Lyons said.

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“I’d say his future will be in America for Peter (Brant, owner) and I’d say that is where he will win his Grade One around two bends. That was a lovely run from Straight Answer, he needs the mile."


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