Musidora Stakes Guide

1. Blue Gardenia

Trainer - David O'Meara

Jockey - Shane Gray

One of a number with an Oaks entry, this filly will need to find more despite her Listed victory over a mile in November.

Capitalising on the disappointing Mannaal, Blue Gardenia prevailed by a neck on the Rowley Mile bettering his second to Dancing Vega - who has made no headway as a three-year-old.

Form has not worked out there.

2. Dubai Blue

T - Saeed bin Suroor

J - Adam Kirby

Totally unexposed filly from a leading yard, after staying on really well in a Novice event at Lingfield over a mile in September under Hector Crouch.

Improved massively from his eighth on debut at Haydock - when Guineas fourth Angel's Hideaway broke her maiden tag on start number two.

Big step up, but capable.

3. Entitle

T - John Gosden

J - Frankie Dettori

Half-sister to Enable carries a big expectation for her siblings' achievements - particularly on the international stage winning two Arcs.

This filly - likewise sporting the Abdullah silks won an ordinary one-mile novice at Lingfield in December by a length.

Class got her through by a length, and could and should be much better this year.

4. Frankellina

T - William Haggas

J - James Doyle

Non-runner at Lingfield on Saturday opts for this instead, representing a top yard and sports the infamous colours of former heroes Cracksman and Golden Horn.

This unexposed filly has some big race entries coming up, and will be a top contender here after she won a one-mile novice event on debut for yard last year at Yarmouth, despite showing plenty of signs of greenness.

Daughter of Frankel (hence the name) would have learned a lot from that, and could be something special if handling the step-up in trip.

5. Fresnel

T - Jack Davison

J - Gary Halpin

Improved to finished fourth when upped to 1m2f last time out in Listed company at Navan.

Unknown trainer and jockey to many making the journey to the Knavesmire - the filly won on debut on the polytrack at Dundalk on debut and is yet to record a place on the turf in her two latest attempts.

Plenty of great sires and dams on show in this, and this is a daughter out of the great Sea The Stars.

Definitely not the best of his offspring, and lots needed to play a part in this Group Three.

6. I'll Have Another

T - Mark Johnston

J - Silvestre De Sousa

More exposed than most - finishing well behind Maqsad at Newmarket in Listed company at the beginning of the month at the Guineas meeting.

A bit better than her return at the same venue back in April when last of six to Kick On, so does not really appeal as a group winner or a contender in this.


7. Nausha

T - Roger Varian

J - Andrea Atzeni

One of two daughters of Kingman - who has been in flying form as a sire this season already particularly on the all-weather.

This three-year-old won on debut at Newbury last October as a juvenile in an average novice, before failing to fire at Kempton on the polytrack on first start this season a few weeks back.

Varian runners been going well, but a win looks unlikely here at the moment.

8. Sand Share

T - Ralph Beckett

J - Harry Bentley

Just like Nausha, Sand Share won on debut for Ralph Beckett at Kempton in August, and made the frame twice in Group races at Doncaster and at Deauville latest.

Could and should improve for those efforts now back on home-soil, and could be a big season ahead.

Already looks strong in the market so clearly fancied amongst some.

9. Sparkle Roll

T - John Gosden

J - Oisin Murphy

Cracking victory at Sandown on return run in a Fillies Novice event, and rightfully steps up into a Group field with the Oaks in mind.

Two lengths to King Power under SDS in Esher approximately three weeks ago looked a very taking performance, backing up her convincing win in September at Haydock.

Looks a very strong contender that stays out really well when called upon for effort, and the further for her right now the better.

10. Swift Rose

T - Saeed bin Suroor

J - Jason Watson

Jason Watson gets the Godolphin call to ride Swift Rose for Saeed bin Surror, who makes his eventual return to the UK after a stint in Meydan which did not really work out.

Four performances merited just one placed finish in mid-Feb, where she was a neck second at odds of 40/1 in a Group Three won by Divine Image.

Fifth in Group Two company may be a step too far, and arrives as one more the more experienced yet exposed fillies in the field.

Needs a turn around, but better contenders are on offer.