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Published: 20:12 | 11/5/16

Gosden backs So Mi Dar for the Oaks

Filly beats Fireglow to win Musidora in York

Trainer John Gosden says Musidora winner So Mi Dar is the only filly that can compete with Minding at the Oaks.

The daughter of Da Re Mi beat Fireglow by four lengths to take the Grade Three race on day one of York's Dante Festival.

Now, Gosden believes the filly will provide a real threat for 1000 Guineas winner Minding in the Oaks on 3 June, although her previous Epsom win also qualified her for a free entry fee for the Derby 24 hours later.

"The golden plan was to get a lead and to settle her, because she's one of those who is very generous," Gosden said.

"I said I didn't mind if she sat last, because she has a great turn of foot, and I couldn't be more pleased with the way she quickened up.

"The second [Fireglow] finishing second was very helpful, so we are very happy, and if we go to the Oaks it will be a hell of a race with Minding.

"I'm very clear in my mind that the best two-year-old I saw last year was Minding, and the best three-year-old I've seen this year is also Minding.

"I think she's head and shoulders above the colts and the other fillies on the book, and this is probably the only filly who can give her a proper race."

Jockey Frankie Dettori, who won three races on the opening day at York, has no doubt the filly has the ability to challenge Minding at Epsom.

"She did everything right," he said.

"She's very light on her feet, she travels, she bridged the gap very easily, and she quickens and stays. She's got a good brain and she wants to please you. She's lovely.

"It's all down to Minding now. How good is she? We don't know, but I know I've got a good one."

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