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Give Lands Musidora But May Not Take Part in Oaks

1 year ago

William Haggas’ Give And Take (7/2) produced a gutsy display under James Doyle to get the better of Dancing Brave Bear (14/1) in a hard fought Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York yesterday, but the happiest connections will surely be those of ante-post Oaks favourite Lah Ti Dar as no apparent danger emerged from the Knavesmire contest.

Six fillies were stretched across the track approaching the final furlong of what most observers felt was an inconclusive Oaks trial, but it was Give And Take who toughed it out best to score by a length from the previously unbeaten Dancing Brave Bear who stuck to her task well in second. Ejtyah (5/1) was a further length-and-a-half away in third, while the Frankie Dettori-ridden 5/2 favourite Highgarden, who had finished in front of Give And Take just a few weeks earlier, could only keep on at one pace a neck back in fourth having made all until headed two furlongs out.

A 40/1 shot in the ante-post market for the Oaks prior to the Musidora Stakes, Give And Take is now a top priced 25/1 with BetVictor, but her trainer isn’t sure she will stay the extra furlong and a half at Epsom and she is not a certain runner.

“I think we need to think about it,” Haggas told reporters. “Nicholas [Jones, owner] assures me it’s a good staying family and the one thing she will do is stay, but she has always showed me speed at home. I’m not convinced about the Oaks, but there’s only one Oaks and if Mr Jones wants to go for it, we will.”

The main bookmaker reaction was to firm up John Gosden’s unbeaten Pretty Polly Stakes winner Lah Ti Dar from 11/4 to a best priced 5/2 with Bet365 as another clutch of pretenders appeared to fall short of the mark. Followers of Betting.Net’s ante-post May 4 advice are holding 12/1 ante-post vouchers about the current Oaks favourite.

Paul Alster

Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.