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Emily Upjohn does everything asked of her in Epsom spin

John Gosden expressed his satisfaction after seeing his red-hot Oaks favourite Emily Upjohn tackle the undulations of Epsom for the first time during the Cazoo Derby Gallops Morning.

The daughter of Sea The Stars is odds-on with some bookmakers for next week’s fillies’ Classic having won each of her three starts to date, with a novice win at Wolverhampton on her sole juvenile start followed by spectacular displays at Sandown and in the Musidora Stakes at York.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori in her Monday workout, Emily Upjohn quickened smartly to leave her lead horse trailing in her wake and Gosden, who trains in partnership with son Thady, was pleased with what he saw.

“Frankie felt for a filly who has had three races in her life it would be nice to come here and just have a look at the track and a feel of the track,” said the Clarehaven handler.

“She behaved great, moved very well, got her leads right coming down the hill and quickened up nicely.

“You can see by her size and frame that she’s filled out well, as you would expect from a good ‘doer’.

“She’s shown the ability to quicken in the Musidora and at Wolverhampton last year. I think she has a change of gear, for sure.”

Gosden, who will be bidding a fourth Oaks success following the previous triumphs of Taghrooda (2014), Enable (2017) and Anapurna (2019), is set to have a major second string to his bow in this year’s renewal in the form of Nashwa.

The Frankel filly has been seriously impressive in winning at Haydock and Newbury this spring and will bid to provide jockey Hollie Doyle with a first Classic.

Gosden added: “This filly (Emily Upjohn) is guaranteed to get the mile and a half, but that’s not the case with Nashwa – they are different types of filly.

John Gosden watches on at Epsom
John Gosden watches on at Epsom (Neil Morrice/PA)

“Emily Upjohn is in the Taghrooda league as she has the ability to travel and quicken over the trip. She picked up really well between the three and the two today, even though they were playing.

“She will be happy on good ground and can handle quick.”

The trainer has nothing but praise for Doyle, comparing her to American Hall of Famer Julie Krone.

He said: “I think Hollie is a superb jockey and she reminds me a lot of Julie Krone.

“From my point of view she’s the ultimate jockey type and she looks into every detail. We had a young lady win the American Open and everything like that is a real positive, particularly in a sport that’s had an image of being crusty and clubby.”

Nashwa to take Cazoo Oaks challenge

Exciting filly Nashwa will tackle the Cazoo Oaks rather than the Prix de Diane at Chantilly.

The daughter of Frankel is as short as 5-1 in places for the Epsom Classic following a faultless three-year-old campaign to date.

Having bolted up at Haydock in her reappearance, Nashwa took the step up to 10 furlongs in her stride when landing the Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes at Newbury recently, a victory that has convinced owner Imad Al Sagar to aim for Classic glory on June 3.

When explaining the reasons for choosing Epsom over the French equivalent, Teddy Grimthorpe, Al Sagar’s racing manager, told PA Media: “It all comes down to a combination of things.

“You have to ask stamina questions, capability questions, what the owner wants, pedigree, the action of the filly, temperament and I think she ticks a lot of boxes really for Epsom and of course all of these decisions are ultimately down to the owner and Imad is very keen to go to Epsom with the filly”

“I think the nice thing is that wherever she goes after the Oaks, she still has plenty of options.”

2018 Dante Festival – Day Two – York Racecourse
Lord Grimthorpe is racing manager for Nashwa’s owner Imad Alsagar (Simon Cooper/PA)

Nashwa will be ridden by the owner’s retained rider Hollie Doyle, who is seeking her first Classic success and Grimthorpe admitted it would be a huge moment if Nashwa could provide the Group One-winning rider with her biggest win to date.

He continued: “That would be something wouldn’t it (if Doyle could win). I think if you were searching round for a jockey, she would be very high on the list. So, it is great and exciting to have her on board. The way she has been riding is just exemplary really.”

Grimthorpe was previously racing manager to the late Prince Khalid Abdullah and was involved every step of the way in the career of Oaks and dual Arc winner Enable.

Grimthorpe was racing manager for Enable's late owner Khalid Abdullah
Grimthorpe was racing manager for Enable’s late owner Khalid Abdullah (Bill Selwyn/PA)

The popular mare took a similar path to Epsom as Nashwa, before sauntering to a five-length success in the fillies’ Classic, but Grimthorpe believes it is too early to be making comparisons between the pair.

“I think it’s very early days to compare,” he said.

“At this stage going into the Oaks they have both been beaten once, both won a maiden or a novice and they both won a Listed race, so from that point of view there is a degree of similarity.

“It is very early days to tell, but it would be wonderful if she (Nashwa) was to be that class of horse, it would be fantastic.”

Nashwa in the frame for Classic glory after stylish success

Nashwa boosted her Classic claims with victory in the Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes at Newbury.

The Frankel filly had made an impressive seasonal debut at Haydock last month, after finishing third on her only juvenile start, and she was duly sent off the 5-6 favourite to double her tally under Hollie Doyle.

Nashwa was settled last of the seven runners as outsider Flash Betty set the gallop, but she could be noted travelling with ease half a mile from home in the 10-furlong event.

She made effortless progress to grab the initiative with a couple of furlongs to run, but 22-1 shot Stay Alert was not going down without a fight, battling back in the final furlong.

Nashwa emerged victorious at Newbury
Nashwa emerged victorious at Newbury (David Davies/PA)

However, Nashwa was never in danger, recording a length-and-three-quarter triumph with Mukaddamah staying on for third.

Trainer John and Thady Gosden already house the Cazoo Oaks favourite in Musidora Stakes scorer Emily Upjohn, but Nashwa could yet take her chance at Epsom on June 3 and she is as low as 7-1 with some firms for the fillies’ Classic.

Connections were in no rush to commit to an Epsom outing though, with the French version at Chantilly on June 19 another possible option.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner-breeder Imad Al Sagar, said: “She did everything we hoped she would. She settled well, quickened well and galloped to the line. She has taken it in her stride in every way.

“She has got options of the Oaks and the Prix de Diane, which is a very nice conundrum, if it is.

“Obviously, Imad will talk to John and see what they want to do.

“It is only her third race and she is learning all the time. I think the great thing is the way she took herself into the race and settled when she asked her and she lengthened.

“She is a lovely-striding filly from that point of view, she looks smart. Hollie gets on with her well.”

Thady Gosden added: “She posted very smart sectionals at Haydock and she is a filly we have always liked a lot. She shows a great attitude. Obviously we were drawn wide today which was not ideal, but Hollie dropped her in and settled her very well at the back and she was very well switched off there. She picked up well in the straight and found a good turn of foot.

“Obviously, she will have learned from the experience today. They are two different types of horses. Emily Upjohn is a big, rangy girl, where Nashwa is a little more compact.

“There is Epsom or France for the Prix de Diane and she has plenty of toe, so that will be a possibility.”

Nashwa goes on trial for big-race targets at Newbury

John and Thady Gosden have a strong hand in the Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes at Newbury as their exciting filly Nashwa puts her Cazoo Oaks aspirations to the test under Hollie Doyle in the 10-furlong Listed contest.

The daughter of Frankel is a general 12-1 chance in the Oaks market following an impressive six-and-a-half-length win at Haydock last month.

And with the Clarehaven team already having the top of the betting covered with Musidora winner Emily Upjohn, they could have a real stranglehold on the Epsom Classic if Nashwa impresses on Saturday in her first attempt at a mile and a quarter.

As well as having an entry for Epsom, the Imad Al Sagar-owned three-year-old also figures among the list of possibles for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Thady Gosden believes this weekend will tell the team plenty about where they head next with the talented filly.

“She won well on reappearance at Haydock over the mile. It’s obviously a step up in grade for her, but she has come on for the run and we’ve been really happy with her at home,” he said.

“Obviously we’ll know where we are after the race in terms of where we’re heading, whether up to a mile and a half or stay at a mile and a quarter.

“She’s a very likeable filly, who is always trying to please. She has a good mind and tries her heart out, like all Frankel’s seem to.”

Nashwa is joined in the line-up by stablemate Bouquet and her joint-trainer is optimistic a line can put through her disappointing end to last season in the Fillies’ Mile.

He continued: “The Fillies’ Mile was a big jump in class for her at the end of last year, but she’s done well over the winter and she’ll appreciate the step up in trip. We’ll see how she gets on.”

Scope is a favourite horse of Rob Hornby's
Scope is a favourite horse of Rob Hornby’s (Steven Paston/PA)

Elsewhere on the high-class card, Scope bids to back up his French Group One success as he makes his seasonal debut in the Al Rayan Stakes.

The Group Three contest, commonly known as the Aston Park Stakes, has attracted a select field of six, with Ralph Beckett’s representative out to frank the form that saw him win the Prix Royal-Oak at ParisLongchamp when last seen in October.

That win came on very soft ground over half a furlong short of two miles and underfoot conditions are expected to be much quicker over a mile and a half.

Sixth in the St Leger last season, Scope is on a hat-trick after taking the Listed Noel Murless at Ascot prior to his victory in Paris, and jockey Rob Hornby is looking forward to renewing his partnership with the four-year-old.

He said: “I’m delighted to be getting back on board him, he’s been a bit of a superstar regarding my career. He gave me my first Group One win and that was a huge thing for me. He’s a horse who’s been fantastic, though he’s never really got the rub of the green, I think.

“In the St Leger he was a little bit slowly away. For an inexperienced horse, the day and the occasion might have got to him a little bit. It was a big crowd that day and he got a little bit worked up in the stalls which is very uncharacteristic of him.

“He just missed the break slightly and for a horse whose stamina is key, the last thing you want is to be making up ground when the race is quickening away from you.

Rob Hornby looking forward to renewing his partnership with Scope
Rob Hornby looking forward to renewing his partnership with Scope (Mike Egerton/PA)

“I was delighted to see a drop of rain (earlier in the week) – that will be perfect for him.

“I’ve managed to have a few sits on him in the mornings and he feels great. I sat on him about 10 days ago and I said to Ralph that I think he’s there, he’s fit, so I’m really excited to see where we are with him.”

The Roger Varian-trained Eshaada is another Group One winner who makes the first start of her four-year-old campaign, having taken the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot in October over a similar trip.

Sandown’s Gordon Richards Stakes runner-up Foxes Tales represents Andrew Balding, Newmarket Listed winner Without A Fight (Simon and Ed Crisford) and Qatar Group One scorer Outbox (Archie Watson) provide plenty of depth, with Ilaraab completing the field.

William Haggas hopes last season’s St Simon Stakes winner will strip fitter than when fourth to Max Vega on his seasonal bow in the John Porter over course and distance.

Ilaraab (left) in winning action at York
Ilaraab (left) in winning action at York (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“Ilaraab will be much better for the race, but then it is a much stronger race than the one he ran in before,” said Haggas.

“It will be much more of a test, but he is much tighter for that first run and I would expect to see improvement.”

Richard Hannon would appear to have a leading chance with Ehraz, who takes on eight rivals in the Listed BetVictor Carnarvon Stakes.

Jim Crowley’s mount was well supported upon his seasonal return at Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup Trail last month, but had to settle for third behind Go Bears Go and Hierarchy, with the latter set to reoppose.

Hannon feels he may not have been fully wound up for his first run since August and said: “I thought he looked like he travelled extremely well at Ascot and he didn’t quite finish his race.

“Maybe it was because it was his first run back for a long time and hopefully, he’ll finish off better this time.”

Gosden duo headline eight in the mix for Musidora prize

Emily Upjohn and Nashwa give John and Thady Gosden a strong hand in the Tattersalla Musidora Stakes.

The York feature on Wednesday has attracted eight entries – and both of the Gosden runners are prominent in the Cazoo Oaks market.

Emily Upjohn is behind only Tuesday in the Epsom betting, having made a most impressive reappearance at Sandown last month.

Her stablemate looked equally good in powering home at Haydock under Hollie Doyle in the colours of Imad Al Sagar.

Remarkably the Musidora is a race Aidan O’Brien has won just once, with that victory coming through Snowfall 12 months ago. His representative on the Knavesmire this year is set to be The Algarve, who won a Gowran Park maiden on her final start at two.

Luna Dorada was a possible for the Lingfield Oaks Trial this weekend, but connections of the Ralph Beckett-trained filly look to have opted for York, where she won a novice event on her only juvenile outing.

The all-conquering Charlie Appleby and William Buick are set to team up with Newbury scorer Life Of Dreams, another in single figures for Epsom.

David Simcock has given the engagement to Ching Shih, with Mukaddamah (Roger Varian) and Ottilien (David Menuisier) completing the possibles.

Dragon Symbol (blue cap) in action at Royal Ascot against Campanelle
Dragon Symbol (blue cap) in action at Royal Ascot against Campanelle (David Davies/PA)

A total of 17 have been left in the 1895 Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, including Dragon Symbol.

The Cable Bay colt was involved in all the top sprints last year, finishing first in the Commonwealth Cup only to be demoted to second behind Campanelle following a stewards’ inquiry. He was also the runner-up in the July Cup and was third in the Nunthorpe.

He has since left Archie Watson and will be having his first run for Roger Varian.

Minzaal would be a fascinating contender for Owen Burrows in the Shadwell colours. A top-notch two-year-old, he was off the track until October when returning at Ascot, where the second of two runs saw him finish a fine third in the British Champions Sprint.

Minzaal looked the real deal winning the Gimcrack at two
Minzaal looked the real deal winning the Gimcrack at two (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

He is no stranger to York, as his finest hour in his first season came with an eyecatching success in the Gimcrack Stakes, and Burrows has high hopes for the year ahead.

“I don’t want to get too excited, but I think he could be a real flag-bearer for us this year,” he said:

“We felt it would be good to get back to York and it sets us up nicely then for Ascot, which then hopefully sets you up nicely for the July Cup.”

Globetrotting filly Happy Romance is in contention for Richard Hannon, with recent Newmarket winner Umm Kulthum carrying the hopes of Richard Fahey.

Nashwa team eyeing Classic trial options after Haydock success

Connections of exciting prospect Nashwa are targeting the Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes at Newbury next month ahead of a possible Cazoo Oaks tilt.

John and Thady Gosden appear to be blessed with at least two big guns to aim at the Epsom Classic in the shape of Emily Upjohn, who scorched to victory at Sandown on Friday, and last season’s Group One Fillies’ Mile winner Inspiral, who will miss this weekend’s Qipco 1000 Guineas after failing to sparkle in her work.

Yet Nashwa could be another Oaks contender if building upon her runaway success over a mile in novice company at Haydock last Saturday.

The Imad Al Sagar homebred daughter of Frankel quickened up nicely under Hollie Doyle to score by six and a half lengths from stablemate and debutant Wonderful Times. She was consequently shortened to a best-priced 12-1 with Paddy Power for the Oaks.

Lord Grimthope, racing manager for Al Sagar, who owns Blue Diamond Stud, which is based near Newmarket, hopes Nashwa can build upon her seasonal bow and put herself in the Classic picture.

He said: “She wintered very well. Her initial work had been encouraging and she came to hand pretty nicely, which is important.

“She has gone to this novice and done it nicely, was shaken up over a mile and she did it nicely. She has always had a nice action.

“From that point of view, I know John Gosden is very happy with her and she has come out of the race very well.

“She will have a number of options to go for in terms of the trials, possibly Newbury – the Fillies’ Trial (May 14) – or she has the Musidora (at York, May 18) if we wanted to look at that.

“We will play it from there. She did show quite a bit of speed and the general idea is that Imad would like to keep his options open about where we went from there, which is sensible.

“She has got plenty of scope. She is a lovely-actioned filly and looks like she has some talent. We will feel our way with her.

“A trial will give us a pretty good guide as to what way she will be going.

“Everyone has theories on where they should go, but in the end, Mr Al Sagar will decide where he wants to go. He is really enjoying her and no doubt she is an interesting prospect.”

Nazanin seen winning at Ayr last year
Nazanin seen winning at Ayr last year (Jeff Holmes/PA)

One Al Sagar-owned filly who will not be heading to a Classic is Nazanin, who finished last of 12 to Wild Beauty in the Fred Darling on her seasonal bow at Newbury.

Though she holds an entry in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, connections will not be taking up the option.

Grimthorpe added: “Nazanin has come out of Newbury well, actually.

“There is no real obvious excuse and like all theses things, it is a combination of things. She is sound and we will probably look at races over six and seven furlongs for her.

“I would think the Irish 1,000 Guineas is ruled out now.”