Whether or not he ends up gilding it with the formal status of champion trainer, John Gosden is enjoying an outstanding season, with Thought Worthy's Great Voltigeur Stakes win yesterday another Pattern success. Moreover his two-year-olds look competent for a seamless transfer of the baton next season. Each tier of his stable provides the favourite for the two big races on the second day of the Ebor meeting, both confined to fillies.
The Fugue certainly confirmed her Group One calibre in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last time, reversing form with Was, the filly she had been so unlucky not to catch in the Oaks. She is readily pardoned defeat at Royal Ascot in the meantime, having had little time to absorb her Epsom effort, but her success at Goodwood – in a steadily run race at 10 furlongs – summoned different qualities than those likely to be required over the extra distance and galloping track in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
Was will make a better fist of things than at Goodwood, for one thing, but the chances are that even a sequence of defeats for Shareta (3.40) may amount to rather better form than anything posted by her juniors. The French raider was second in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last autumn, albeit the race unfolded very conveniently for her that day, and ran very well at Saint-Cloud last time.
With the usual caveat that juvenile fields are always pregnant with improvement, Newfangled (2.30) should prove very hard to stop in the Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes. One of three Royal Ascot winners for the rookie stallion sensation New Approach, she had her rivals for the Albany Stakes in trouble a long way out. With plenty of physical scope, she is likely to have thrived for a nine-week interval and, if as effective on this rather faster ground, will already obtain the look of a Guineas filly.Reuse content