Fans of the John Gosden- trained filly Lah Ti Dar are going to have to wait until after Royal Ascot to see the unbeaten daughter of Dubawi in action again following the news that she won’t be ready to run in Thursday’s Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes.
Owned by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (pictured above), the three-year-old also missed out on her chance of Classic glory when forced to miss the Group 1 Investec Oaks earlier this month after a routine blood test in the days prior to the Epsom race revealed less than satisfactory results. She had been ante-post favourite for the big race and was also among the market principals for the Ribblesdale Stakes, generally on offer at just 3/1.
“Lah Ti Dar won’t be running at Royal Ascot,” confirmed Gosden. “She’s on her way back but she’s not there yet.”
Out of the outstanding racemare Dar Re Mi, Lah Ti Dar was unraced as a juvenile but made a big impression on her racecourse debut at Newbury in April when slamming the decent Arcadian Cat by an effortless six lengths. 17 days later she stepped up to listed class at the Qipco Guineas meeting and again looked a class act as she disposed of Expressiy by over three lengths in the Tweenhill Pretty Polly Stakes, a victory that catapulted her to the head of the Investec Oaks market.
Lah Ti Dar wins the Listed Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes – the learning curve to Epsom continues! pic.twitter.com/Exjc18fFkC
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The absence of Lah Ti Dar has understandably caused a major reset in the ante-post market for the Ribblesdale which is now headed jointly by Godolphin’s Wild Illusion and Sir Michael Stoute’s Sun Maiden. Wild Illusion, fourth in the Qipco 1000 Guineas behind Billesdon Brook before finishing a fine runner-up to Together Forever in the Investec Oaks a fortnight ago, is the horse with the proven form in the book and is a top priced 5/2 with Betfred. Sun Maiden, a 5/2 chance with 10Bet, won a mile-and-a-quarter novice stakes at Salisbury last month with consummate ease and this daughter of Frankel is regarded as a very exciting prospect both by herlegendary trainer, and by her breeder, Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms.
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.