Tattersalls Musidora Preview

By Samantha

This one mile two furlong race is often used as an Oaks Trial but in recent years no horse has gone on to win the showpiece event. The last time a horse won this and went on to place was in 2012 and the last horse to do the double was Reams Of Verse. None of these seem up to winning an Oaks to me but they’re all open to improvement.

John Gosden and Saeed Bin Suroor have won this multiple times and I’ll begin with the two John Gosden representatives as they’re extremely well bred. Entitle is a half sister by Dansili to Enable, who was most successful when stepped up in trip. She was well beaten on debut by some decent horses and was very green on the all weather last time but still battled on to win. She could be evn better now she’s three and stepping up in trip but her full brother isn’t anything special.

Sparkle Roll is by promising young sire Kingman and out of a group one placed mare Ysoldina, who is also the dam of Derby winner Wings Of Eagles. She is thoroughly bred for an Oaks so has to have a good chance. Fifth on debut, she won by three lengths in a novice race at two and won first time out this year at Sandown on good to firm. To me, it didn’t look like she was comfortable on the ground and it looked quite laboured. From the looks of her, I think she’d be better suited to soft but then she didn’t win on that going on debut so we’ll have to see how she runs on good ground in reference for the rest of the season.

Saeed Bin Suroor’s two representatives are Dubai Blue and Swift Rose. The jockey bookings on these runners are interesting. James Doyle rides the William Haggas trained filly and William Buick is off due to illness so Adam Kirby and James Watson step in respectively. Swift Rose seems the stable preference but is the lesser fancied in the market of the two. This is a big opportunity for jockey Jason Watson, a jockey who people fancy to be champion this year. The filly won on debut easily at Wolverhampton and has spent the winter in Meydan, running a total of four times. She ran well in group races the last twice on the dirt and is trying turf for the first time, also without the assistance of cheek pieces.

Dubai Blue was eighth on debut behind the smart Angels Hideaway on the turf and then won in September by over two lengths when stepped up from seven furlongs to a mile. Her sire is More Than Ready who has produced some nice horses over in the States, particularly Roy H and Catholic Boy, and her dam is a Listed winner over one mile five furlongs. Stamina is assured and she’s very unexposed.

On the other end of the spectrum is I’ll Have Another. She is a typical, vigorously campaigned Mark Johnston horse and was very consistent throughout her two year old campaign. The Dragon Pulse filly won a Listed race in Germany in September but was sixth of six behind some decent colts in the Feilden Stakes and third in the Pretty Polly on her starts this season.

Blue Gardenia has also ran a few times in comparison to others too. It took this grey Mastercraftsman filly five tries to get off the mark after some decent placed efforts and battled on to win by a neck in a Listed race last time out. Her dam won over a mile and her half brother by Fastnet Rock won over one mile four. She has an Oaks entry but really needs to improve.

Fresnel is in the Ribblesdlae not the Oaks and won at Dundalk really well on debut in February. She didn’t run too badly in a group three and was fourth in a Fillies’ Listed, behind an O’Brien Oaks contender, over one mile two. A cheap purchase, it would be a fairy tale win for connections but she needs to improve.

James Doyle and William Haggas won this last year with Give And Take and they have Frankellina. She is, as the name suggests, by Frankel and out of a Listed winner at York. She was going to run at Lingfield in the Oaks Trial but the ground was too soft. Her debut win was nice, considering she was keen, and she only won by a neck but the form is good. She is unexposed and could be a nice horse.

Harry Bentley rode Frankellina on debut but partners the second string Abdullah horse Sand Share. A winner on debut, she came third in the May Hill and wasn’t beaten far last time at Deuville in October in a group three. Her dam was a winner and group placed at one mile two furlongs and I think she could be open to improvement.

Roger Varian’s fillies have been running well this season and Nausha runs for his stable. She won on debut with a horse called King Power about seven lengths behind. That horse cane out and was beaten two lengths by Sparkle Roll next time. She was fourth at odds-on on seasonal reappearance.. Stamina isn’t obvious in her pedigree but she has an Oaks entry.


This race is really hard to work out because all these horses are so unposed. A few of these are extremely well bred so connections will be hoping that they can go onto bigger and better things. The race would be more interesting if there was some Ballydoyle representation and the English really need one of these to jump into the classic picture. Sparkle Roll and FRANKELLINA appear to have the most scope. The latter is preferred because, like I said before, I wasn’t taken with the way she ran last time. Frankellina seems as though she will come on for the debut run. Entitle is half sister to Enable but her full brother isn’t anything to shout about so I prefer Sand Share to fill the places.


R1 – Fujuaira Prince
R2 – Reputation
R3 – Yafta
R4 – Frankellina
R5 – Karnavaal
R6 – Bomb Proof
R7 – Starcaster

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