So Mi Dar shows Star Quality

The John Gosden trained So Mi Dar maintained her unbeaten record with a stunning success in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York.

Settled in the rear by Frankie Dettori, she travelled comfortably throughout, and when asked for an effort with around two furlongs to run, she scooted clear to a four length success. The 1000 Guineas fourth Fireglow, along with Promising Run and Harlequeen finished virtually in a line for second, third and fourth.

So Mi Dar is the second foal of the three-time Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, herself trained by John Gosden. During an illustrious career, she proved to be an outstanding filly at 10 and 12 furlongs, though arguably was at her best over the extended trip. She competed against the very best colts and fillies, winning the Darley Yorkshire Oaks in 2009 before a mighty performance in the Arc when finishing fifth to Sea The Stars. She then ran third to Conduit in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in America.

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That kind of quality appears to have been passed to her daughter, and Gosden’s latest flying filly is now as short as 11/4 for the Oaks at Epsom, with only O’Brien’s guineas heroine Minding, shorter in the betting.

After the Musidora success Dettori spoke in glowing terms of the filly, saying: “She did everything right. She's very light on her feet, she travels, she bridged the gap very easily, and she quickens and stays. She's got a good brain and she wants to please you. She's lovely.”

The winning trainer was no less enthusiastic when saying: “I'm delighted with her. She's a lovely filly. The golden plan was to get a lead and to settle her, because she's one of those who is very generous. I said I didn't mind if she sat last, because she has a great turn of foot, and I couldn't be more pleased with the way she quickened up.”

Gosden went on to say: “I'm very clear in my mind that the best two-year-old I saw last year was Minding, and the best three-year-old I've seen this year is also Minding. I think she's head and shoulders above the colts and the other fillies on the book, and this is probably the only filly who can give her a proper race.”

Whilst So Mi Dar was making waves in the Oaks markets, earlier in the day Charlie Hills’ Magical Memory was continuing his rise up the sprinting ranks with a cosy success in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes. The Group 2 event run over six furlongs looked in safe keeping from some way out. The grey, ridden by jockey of the day Frankie Dettori, travelled like a dream, and was sent to the front a furlong from home. He was kept up to his work, before being eased down just short of the line.

There’s little doubt that Magical Memory has strengthened considerably from three to four, and is set to be one of the leading figures in sprints throughout the summer. One horse that had repeatedly got the better of him during last season was Henry Candy’s Twilight Son. He was giving the winner 5lbs and could only manage fifth, though he was staying on well at the death. It was a promising seasonal return, and he’ll be much sharper when the two next meet, which is likely to be at Royal Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Today’s highlight at York is undoubtedly the Dante, with Midterm looking to emulate the power-packed performance of So Mi Dar. Favourite backers will be hoping he does just that, and a convincing victory will see him tighten at the head of the Derby betting.

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