John Gosden’s Emily Upjohn shows Oaks credentials with impressive victory at York

Emily Upjohn showed she is an upwardly mobile filly when powering to the head of the Cazoo Oaks betting with a five-and-a-half-length victory in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York.

John Gosden, who trains the daughter of Sea The Stars with son Thady, paid a handsome compliment to Emily Upjohn when drawing a favourable comparison with The Fugue, his 2012 Musidora winner who went on to be an unlucky-in-running third behind Was in the Oaks.

Emily Upjohn, who was running for only the third time and is named after a character in the Marx Brothers film A Day At The Races, is 13-8 favourite with Sky Bet to give the Gosden team a fourth Oaks and her jockey Frankie Dettori a seventh in the Epsom Classic on June 3.


Emily Upjohn was a decisive winner of the Group Three Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York


Gosden said: ‘I would say she is in that (The Fugue) class. It was a nice solid field and she has picked up well. It looks like a mile and a half will be right up her alley. There is plenty of stamina in her family.

‘She is a tall girl but she has great balance.’

To allow Emily Upjohn, well bought for £63,000, to get accustomed to the Epsom gradients she will be taken to the ‘Breakfast With Stars’ event a week on Monday to exercise around Tattenham Corner.

Dettori said: ‘She is still learning and she is getting there. Every race she is improving. She has won a trial by five and a half lengths so I am delighted.’

John Quinn-trained Highfield Princess has the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in her sights after her clear-cut win in the 1895 Duke Of York Stakes under Jason Hart.