NARROW Oaks runner-up Emily Upjohn is likely to start a short-priced favourite to gain compensation in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh next Saturday.
The daughter of Sea The Stars was in the news this week when it was confirmed by John Gosden that Frankie Dettori would ride her at the Curragh, following the pair’s high profile falling out the previous week.
Dettori and Gosden had agreed to “take a sabbatical”, pending many to question how long the former had left in the game but it appears the sabbatical lasted just days as Dettori rode Emily Upjohn on Newmarket’s July Course on Wednesday morning and was back in action for Gosden at Newmarket over the last two days.
Emily Upjohn was viewed by many as an unlucky loser at Epsom, having stumbled badly leaving the stalls and then just failed by a nose to Tuesday.
Gosden said on Wednesday morning: “The less way say about Epsom the better. The track was no problem at Epsom, you just can’t get left and sweep around the whole field.
“Frankie has been up here riding work and he will hopefully be riding her. The plan is for him to ride her in the Irish Oaks, that’s why he was up here this morning.
“I need a jockey that focuses. It can’t be a part-time job. As it was pointed out at Wimbledon, Rafa Nadal practises the most hardest in the mornings.
“I said I’m pleased with how Frankie has got on with it and is getting rides everywhere else. It is exactly what I wanted to see.”
The pair combined to win the Irish Oaks as close back as 2019 with Star Catcher and this would be a second classic success for the dual partnership of John and Thady Gosden, who who the Prix de Diane with Nashwa last month.
Joseph O’Brien told The Irish Field that his Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary winner Above The Curve won’t take her chance in the race, while it’s also unlikely Tranquil Lady will try to improve on her Epsom sixth. Tuesday could reconvene her rivalry with Emily Upjohn but Aidan O’Brien suggested after her Irish Derby fourth that she could be given a rest now.
It may be Jessica Harrington’s Magical Lagoon and the Ger Lyons-trained Cairde Go Deo that provide the main home challenge, with both fillies more or less confirmed to be aimed at the classic.
Speaking during the week, Harrington said of her Royal Ascot winner: “That is the plan (Irish Oaks). She’s a very laid-back filly and hopefully she will reproduce the Ascot run.
“It will be a tough contest, but hopefully she will run well.”