A possible reunion of the two for the Epsom Oaks in June is possible because of Frankie Dettori’s victory in the Musidora Stakes at York on 18-1 outsider Soul Sister.
The 15-8 favourite Infinite Cosmos finished third, four lengths behind the 52-year-old jockey and four lengths ahead of Novakai. The trainers of Soul Sister are John and Thady Gosden, who last year won this event with Emily Upjohn under Dettori’s guidance.
John Gosden stated, “Frankie feels she should run in the Oaks, so we will.” Frankel’s daughter Soul Sister won on her debut at Doncaster in October, but when she returned to the track at Newbury last month, she struggled in the Fred Darling.
The three-year-old, however, did well in the 10-furlong race on Wednesday, which is regarded as one of the greatest Oaks trials. She powered ahead in the last strides to win, and as a result, her chances for the Classic on June 2 have dropped significantly. Dettori has won the Classic six times.
“Recently she’s come to herself. This year’s damp and chilly spring has been difficult for many fillies. She has now demonstrated her class and grown in her coat,” Gosden continued. “Frankie is in the midst of a strong run; he visited Belmont last week. He appears to have a shot in the Oaks, and the Derby is quite competitive.”
She travelled nicely, accelerated twice, and won by four lengths, according to Dettori.