Firnas looks exciting prospect at Newmarket

13 May 2016

FIRNAS looked a colt with a bright future based on his emphatic victory in a ten-furlong maiden at Newmarket on Thursday evening.

The son of Dubawi was bred by Watership Down Stud. He is a son of Group 1 winner Crystal Music and sold for 1.6million gns to John Ferguson at Tattersalls as a yearling.

He is stunning-looking colt and he appears to have talent to boot based on this authoritative victory.

He cruised through the contest under jockey William Buick before showing a smart turn of foot to quicken clear, winning eased down by five lengths.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “As we have all seen he is a very good looking individual. He has a great pedigree and the price tag to go with it.

“We thought a lot of him as a two-year-old and we gave him that one run knowing that he would need that as education before we put him away.

“Throughout the winter he was a horse that was pleasing us at home. As regards going forward, we could look at something like the Tercentenary Stakes.”

So Mi Dar lands Musidora in style

11 May 2016

SO MI DAR ran out an impressive winner of the Musidora Stakes at York and is now unbeaten in three starts to date.

The form from her last win in the Derby Trial at Epsom was franked in no uncertain terms when Humphrey Bogart won a Group 3 at Lingfield on Saturday and as a result So Mi Dar was sent off a warm order for this Group 3 Oaks Trial.

Frankie Dettori rode the daughter of Dubawi with supreme confidence, settling her at the rear before biding his time up the straight. She cruised up to the leaders at the two furlong pole before Frankie said ‘go’ and she powered clear. It looked briefly as though the Godolphin filly Promising Run would pose a threat but So Mi Dar quickened again and went on to win easily by four lengths. So Mi Dar is trained by John Gosden, who also trained her mother Dar Re Mi to win three Group 1s for Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber.

Gosden said: “I’m delighted with her. She is a lovely filly. She has a great turn of foot and I couldn’t be more pleased with how she quickened up. This filly could do no more that win hands and heels by four. She’s learned a lot from racing and is progressive. She likes Epsom and a mile and a half will suit her.”

An impressed Dettori added: “She's got what you require- she's got tactical speed, she travels, quickens and stays the distance. Minding is very good - but I've got a good one, also.”

Lady Lloyd-Webber said: “We had hoped she would win but they have still got to come and do it on the track. It is lovely, this filly is very like her grand-mother Darara who we bought and it is wonderful to see the family continuing to do well.”

“She has been to Epsom so she has experience on the track and has proven herself on soft/heavy ground in the Derby Trial and on quicker ground today.”

So Mi Dar is the second-favourite for the Epsom Oaks behind 1000 Guineas winner Minding.