All eyes were on Yarmouth yesterday, as So Mi Dar returned to action for John Gosden after an unfortunate layoff that saw the promising filly miss much of the summer. She was a strong favourite before the off but had to squash the doubt that lingered around her reappearance, especially with connections stating that it was more of a gallop to them than her serious return to race action. Elsewhere, Sandown held a strong midweek card, where outsider Quebee took the spoils of the Listed race there.
2 40 ATTY PERSSE (R Charlton) 10/11, C5 2YO Maiden, 1M, Good (Good to Firm in Places)
Frankel or nor Frankel, this was an impressive display. For a debut run, the 2YO colt looked remarkably at home on the track and took the race with relative ease. The mile trip was no issue whatsoever and already he looks like he can go further as he lengthened away from the field in the final strides. He is undoubtedly a classy animal with a big future and certainly enters the Derby frame at this very early stage, and will be a big player in the Racing Post Trophy.
3 25 SO MI DAR (J Gosden) 11/8, C1 Listed Fillies, 1M2F, Good to Firm
There was some doubt surrounding So Mi Dar’s return to the track – as there would be for any horse after such a layoff – but this was all swiftly put to bed, as Dettori brought her up the straight with ease, whilst the other jockeys fought aboard their mounts for everything they had. The official margin of victory was under a length, but this doesn’t tell the story in the slightest. It was a strong heat for a Listed event and many were unexposed with the potential for big improvement. There can be no doubting her promise again now and the break seems to have been beneficial, even if she was forced to miss some big targets. The Fillies and Mares race at Ascot seemed to be the obvious port of call, but the Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly is the preferred route with a big 4Yo campaign planned.