So Mi Dar enhances Oaks claims at Epsom


So Mi Dar: could go for the Musidora next

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Report: Epsom, Wednesday

Investec Derby Trial (Class 2) 3yo, 1m2f

THIS race may have been billed as a Derby Trial but it is more likely to have a bearing on the Oaks as So Mi Dar, a daughter of multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, beat the colts to win at 3-1 under Frankie Dettori.

The John Gosden-trained filly, who was making just her second start having won a maiden at Windsor last season, was delivered with a sweeping challenge down the outside and readily held off the late challenge of Humphrey Bogart by a neck.

Claudio Monteverdi, who represted Aidan O’Brien and was ridden by Ryan Moore, was sent off as the well-supported 5-6 favourite but could not go with the front pair having held every chance inside the final couple of furlongs and finished a disappointing fourth.

Oaks reaction

So Mi Dar had been a general 16-1 chance for the Oaks prior to her reappearance but she is now no better than 10-1 with BetVictor for the fillies’ Classic.

The Oaks betting is headed at 7-2 by Minding, who is due to make her reappearance in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket next month.

The last filly to run in the Oaks having contested the Derby Trial was Midday, who finished second in both races but went on to win six Group 1s during a long and illustrious career.

Musidora next

“We’re delighted with her. We came here to see how she handled the track and she handled it well. With a bit of luck we will go for the Musidora and then hopefully come back for the Oaks – that would be the plan,” said John Gosden.

So Mi Dar runs in the colours of Lord Lloyd-Webber, who went close to winning the Oaks in 2012 with The Fugue, who also had her Oaks prep in the Musidora.

More to come

“It was a big task taking on the colts but she’s very neat and compact and the track really suited. She ran a bit green but I had them covered two out and then I lost my whip,” said Dettori.


So Mi Dar (right): is a best-priced 10-1 for the Investec Oaks

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“She was idling a bit but she still had some left. If I could have given her a back hander she would have probably pulled away. She’s a quick learner and good traveller and I’m very pleased. I think there’s more to come,” the rider added.

How the race panned out

Beaverbrook cut out the early running under James Doyle, while Frankie Dettori attempted to settle So Mi Dar towards the rear.

Claudio Monteverdi, who appeared to be well placed not far off the pace in third, was asked to make a daring run up the inside as they swung for home, but he looked instantly vulnerable as first Viren’s Army and then So Mi Dar swooped down the outside.

Frankie Dettori dropped his whip on So Mi Dar on the approach to the final furlong but the well-bred filly found plenty under a hands-and-heels ride and always appeared in control.


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