Friday 24 May 2019

Musidora success creates Nausha dilemma

Nausha won by a neck from Entitle and Frankellina, who dead-heated for second (stock photo)
Nausha won by a neck from Entitle and Frankellina, who dead-heated for second (stock photo)

Marcus Armytage

Nausha booked her place in either the Oaks at Epsom or Prix de Diane in France with a hard-fought victory in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes.

She won by a neck from Entitle and Frankellina, who dead-heated for second.

Trainer Roger Varian was not surprised the Kingman filly, owned by Nurlan Bizakov, ran well despite having finished a well-beaten fourth of six on her reappearance at Kempton Park.

"We loved her last year," said Varian. "We decided to dip our toe in over a mile to see if she was a Guineas filly so went to Kempton, but in hindsight she had not come in her herself and was too fresh.

"I thought she would run well over a mile and a quarter.

"She'll be left in the Oaks and we would like to run but do we step up to a mile and a half there or do we stay at a mile and a quarter in the Diane?"

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