John Gosden is thinking about placing the horse So Mi Dar amongst top level company when she returns to action in next month’s Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly.
While the three year old has an entry to Sunday’s Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes at the Curragh, Gosden, the Newmarket handler, has said that she is unlikely to take part in the race in favour of a shot at the mile and a quarter Group One contest taking place on October 2nd.
So Mi Dar is the unbeaten daughter of Dubawi and is out of triple Group One-winning mare Dar Re Me. She has been absent from the track since a setback which came shortly after she won in the Musidora Stakes at York.
Speaking over the weekend Gosden said, “I don’t think we are off there (Blandford Stakes). I think the Prix de l’Opera is a more realistic target, with the plan of getting a racecourse gallop or work in beforehand. She is in good form.”
In other news from Gosden, last year’s Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs is set to make his first appearance in more than four months in the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup, which is also known as the Arc Trial, that is taking place at Newbury on September 17th.
Jack Hobbs, a four year old, has not been in a race since his seasonal return in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket during which he sustained a stress fracture to his pelvis.
Speaking about Jack Hobbs Gosden said that he “is in great form. He is in the Arc. He has got to get the run in at Newbury beforehand and he is in Champion Stakes. He will tell me how he is over the next 10 days.”