Gosden aims for third straight win at Ribblesdale
There are many ways to say that the Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) is a race to improve middle distance fillies without even looking at the race conditions.
A look at the previous winners shows that the final seven were all from the stables of John Gosden or the birthplace of Coolmore. Five of those seven fillies went on to land a Group or Rank 1 at some point in their careers, not always on that trip or further for that matter.
The late bloomers that can mix it at one mile and two instars and one mile and four instars were the territory of Sir Michael Stoute. He is no longer the dominant force, but is still a player and Midday star looks like one of his best prospects.
This would have been the case even before seeing a racetrack because it is extremely well raised, the result of a meeting between Galileo and Midday . As this pedigree might imply, Epsom was Noon Star’s goal before the injury occurred.
On her previous start, she had finished 3 3/4 lengths behind Snowfall , which was 12 1/4 lengths better than anything handled in the Cazoo Oaks (G1).
Snowfall’s gaping victory at Epsom is a notable exception to a trend that is developing among 3-year-old fillies this year in particular. High quality performance has been scarce.
The QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (G1) suggested a large amount, while nothing behind Snowfall in the Oaks reached a triple-digit Racing Post rating. There’s plenty of room in the middle for a stylish filly to pick up whatever Snowfall leaves behind.
This success gap is currently filled by a strong juvenile form, which Dubai fountain Most highly holds the courtesy of his 365 Fillies’ Mile (G1) fourth bet. She never seemed comfortable in Epsom and is apologized, although she ran so freely that the claim that she will benefit from a full mile and four stages is now made with a little less confidence.
The other runner from Epsom is Divinely , who finished third but could easily be considered the second best filly of the day. She started the whole race away from the favorite near rail, but started too late.
She trained well at Lingfield the previous time and has a pedigree to match against Noon Star, being by Galileo and Red Evie and is a full sister to the exceptional mare. Find .
A form line that will be fully tested for the first time is the Haras De Bouquetot Trial Stakes in Newbury. Exceptionally, none of this race happened in the Oaks, but the top four did race here.
The nude form is likely confusing, comparing poorly over time with the London Gold Cup on the map.
Even so, these are all previously raced fillies with solid relationships and pedigrees and Eshaada came from a far cry from the pace to win. She already exceeds her pedigree, which raises concerns about going up on a trip.
Her powerful relationships could have built her up gradually and this should not be overlooked given that she is being brought up in class again so soon.
Can Gosden do three in a row?
John and Thady Gosden will launch a three-pronged attack as they try to clinch the Ribblesdale Stakes for the third time in a row.
The market suggests that their chance to stand out is Gloria mundi , who was narrowly turned down by Eshaada in Newbury the last time around and will be teamed up with Frankie Dettori again. She is joined in the field of 13 riders by teammates Taslima , third at Betfair Pretty Polly last month, and Love dream, who finished fifth at the Lingfield Novibet Oaks Trial.
“Gloria Mundi has run well on both starts and should handle the ground if it gets soft,” said John Gosden, who won the race with winner Kerrygold Irish Oaks (G1). Star catcher in 2019 and Frankly darling Last year.
“Taslima is getting things under control, but it is questionable if she will handle the ease on the ground. They didn’t gallop last time in the Lingfield Oaks Trial for Loving Dream to show her best, so I hope they go a little faster this time around. “