So Mi Dar had been as short as 5-2 for the Oaks
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Mark Scully 10:00AM 2 OCT 2016
MANY months later than connections and fans had hoped, So Mi Dar finally gets the chance to prove herself at Group 1 level in the Prix de l’Opera Longines at Chantilly on Sunday.
A season that promised so much in the spring was blown apart by an injury setback that saw her miss out on a shot at Minding in the Oaks at Epsom, a race for which she had been as short as 5-2 following her win in the Musidora Stakes at York.
It would be four months until the daughter of Dar Re Mi was seen on the track again when she made a satisfactory winning return in a Yarmouth Listed race.
Trainer John Gosden said: “Her comeback win at Yarmouth was very pleasing and she’s worked well since. She’s grown and developed after her break and should be suited by the track and trip. She goes on most ground, so that should not be an issue.”
Simon Marsh, racing manager to owner Lord Lloyd-Webber, paid tribute to Gosden for getting So Mi Dar back to full fitness but insists the filly still has plenty to prove despite being the likely favourite for the race.
Marsh said: “Huge credit goes to John and his entire team that she is back and was able to run so well at Yarmouth. We were delighted with the way she performed after such a long layoff and I’m hopeful she’ll improve for that run.
“There are some very nice horses in the race, including some Group 1-winning fillies. We’re only a Group 3 winner, so we have a lot to do.”
Speedy Boarding hoping for more French joy
One of those Group 1 winners is Speedy Boarding, who has already struck at the highest level in France this year when winning the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August.
She is again partnered by Freddy Tylicki and her trainer James Fanshawe is optimistic she can once again make her presence felt.
Fanshawe said: “She’s a Group 1 and Group 2 winner. She seems in good form and, although this is tougher than the Jean Romanet, she’s done well in France this year.”