Gosden and O’Brien clash again in Musidora

STAR OF SEVILLE with W Buick

Star Of Seville: has won two of her three career starts

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

THERE may be five runners for this afternoon’s Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York, but it is being billed as a match between Together Forever and Star Of Seville – on official ratings and ante-post betting.

While Together Forever has Group 1 form in the book, she is bidding to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a first Musidora victory and gain revenge on John Gosden, whose last two winners of this race beat Ballydoyle Oaks hopefuls.

Gosden, who has four possible contenders for this year’s Epsom Classic, knows what it takes to win the Musidora, first striking with Marillette in 1993. He followed up four years ago with Joviality, who had O’Brien’s Amazing Beauty in last, and a year later The Fugue beat Ballydoyle’s runner Twirl.

The Newmarket trainer, not worried about the small field and a possible tactical race, said: “Star Of Seville is pretty versatile in that she can make the running and also come from off the pace.

“This has been the plan since Newbury and she should enjoy the track and the ground.”

Together Forever has been gathering dust in the ante-post books, with punters having short memories. Last autumn she was 12-1 second favourite for the Investec Oaks behind stablemate Found after completing her hat-trick in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile.

Today she is 16-1 and only fourth in the Coolmore pecking order behind Found, Chester winner Diamondsandrubies and Irish 1,000 Guineas trial winner Kissed By Angels.

O’Brien said: “Together Forever is ready to start her season. She seems in good form and we’re happy with her and hoping for a good run.”

 

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