by Matthew Kirby
Star Of Seville completed her hat-trick on Wednesday by winning a valuable Oaks trial at York.
Racegoers flocked to the Knavesmire for the Musidora Stakes where only five runners went to post for the Group 3 feature race over 1m2f. The betting market suggested it would be a two-horse race.
That’s how it proved with Star Of Seville, under Frankie Dettori, and Together Forever, with Ryan Moore on board, pulling clear of their three rivals to fight it out for victory.
It was the John Gosden trained Star Of Seville, who made all the running and gamely clung on to deny a closing, Together Forever, to enhance her claims for the Oaks at Espom on June 5th.
The win even gave the crowd a chance to see the ‘Flying Dismount’ synonymous with Frankie Dettori’s success.
Racing UK’s Dave Nevison doesn’t think the win means Star of Seville will go onto to win the Oaks.
He said: “I wasn’t keen on (the race). She’ll lead (in the Oaks) but only finish around third. The bookies kept her the same price after this win.
Discussing the Oaks, he added: “It looks a wide-open race this year. It wouldn’t surprise me if they went off 5/1 the field.”
However trainer John Gosden, who claimed a double on the day, was impressed with the way Star of Seville saw the race out.
He said: “It’s a long time to be in front for an inexperience filly.
“I’m delighted with the run and the first and second deserve to be in the Oaks, it makes it an interesting race.”
On Thursday, the attention turned to the colts and geldings in the Dante Stakes and it was yet more success for John Gosden.
The Newmarket trainer had the first two home as Golden Horn showed a tremendous turn of foot to beat stablemate Jack Hobbs in the Group 2.
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The winner will need to be supplemented into the Derby, at Epsom on June 6th for £75,000, as he didn’t already hold an entry.
However, Gosden was leaving that decision to the owner Mr Oppenheimer, who also bred the three-year-old.