Madame cut for Oaks following Musidora win
Madame Chiang extended her unbeaten record to two with a game length and a quarter success in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday.
The David Simcock trained three-year-old was having just her second start in the 10 furlong Group Three event, and under a revitalized Kieran Fallon seemed to relish the strong early pace set by the Queen’s Shama under Ryan Moore.
Although constantly being persuaded along and showing early signs of greenness, Fallon was patient and allowed the daughter of Archipenko to find her feet. Madame Chiang kept finding and ran out a cozy winner from the supported Lily Rules, while Regardez did best of those up with the early pace to finish third.
Victory for Madame Chiang recorded the first Group winner for her young sire Archipenko and has seen her cut to 12/1 from 50/1 for the Investec Oaks.
The favourite Cambridge was bitterly disappointing and was eased a long way from home, along with Lady Hedi and Queen Of Ice.
Fallon was obviously pleased with the performance and said: “I had to work hard on her, but we did go quite quick”.
“She’s a beautiful big filly and David had a lot of confidence in her. Miss Rausing (the owner) deserves a nice filly. She’s got plenty of horses in training and I think she’s got one here.
“The ground wouldn’t be an issue with her and all she’ll do is improve. She didn’t do a tap in front and I just had to give her a couple of flicks to keep her going.
“We went a strong gallop and I thought it was a good trial.”
Trainer David Simcock was a little more cautious and issued a future warning regarding ground conditions:”She’s so laid back and switched off”.
“She races like she works at home. I’ve got four or five fillies, all of the same ability who are bred for middle distances, and she wouldn’t be the fastest but she’s got the best pick up.
“She’s done really well physically from two to three as she was too weak to finish a gallop off as a juvenile.
“She surprised us first time out to be honest. She does take some stoking up but Kieren kept her entertained, didn’t rush her and gradually brought her into the race. There was plenty left in the tank at the end of the day.
“The ground is very important to her and I wouldn’t want to run her on firmer at the moment. If it turned up soft at Epsom, then it’s possible we could run otherwise the French Oaks is much more likely.”
“She’s confirmed an intended runner in the Oaks and although you can say it wasn’t the best Musidora, there was enough to like about her performance to put her in the mix for an open-looking Investec Oaks.”
By Joseph Smyth / Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. Published: 14/05/14
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