So Mi Dar is ruled out of Oaks after being found lame

CLOSE CALL: Thikriyaat (blue/white) on his way to a narrow victory for Sir Michael Stoute in the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
CLOSE CALL: Thikriyaat (blue/white) on his way to a narrow victory for Sir Michael Stoute in the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

John Gosden’s So Mi Dar will miss next month’s Oaks at Epsom less than a week after she ran out an impressive winner of the Musidora Stakes at York.

Gosden’s filly, who was 9-4 for the Classic on June 3, was found to be lame on Monday morning.

It is the second blow for the Clarehaven Stables handler in the space of ten days after the news that fellow stable star Jack Hobbs had suffered a stress fracture to his pelvis after being pulled up in the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month.

Gosden said: “It’s a bit of a bombshell I’m afraid but the horse comes first. We have to do what is right by the filly.

“She may well come right in 10 days but at this stage you cannot go to any major race. She is not right.

“It’s a real disappointment but I’m sure she’ll probably be back for the Irish Oaks, just not Epsom.”

Speaking at an event at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket on Monday night, Gosden added: “It was one of those mornings you get.

“She came around the parade, ate up and was perfectly happy. We walked her for ten or 15 minutes and she was lame in her left hind.

“We had the vet in to look at her and she’s not right. We would call it a one to two out of five if you graded it on lameness.”

So Di Mar’s four-length York win, under Frankie Dettori, was a third career triumph for the unbeaten Epsom Derby Trial winner, whose dam Dar Re Mi won three Group One races.

On Saturday, Thikriyaat maintained his 100 per cent record with victory by a neck in the Betfair Cash Out King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket.

Jockey Ted Durcan took advantage of a perfect split between Elronaq and Race Day over a furlong from home to grab the lead in the Listed contest.

But the Azamour gelding, who went off the 13-8 favourite, was made to work hard by Dragon Mall through the closing strides of the seven-furlong event before securing his third career win in as many starts.

It was the second time in the last 10 years that trainer Sir Michael Stoute has won the race following Jeremy’s triumph back in 2006.

Other highlights during the final day of the three-day meeting saw George Scott’s Fieldsman, ridden by champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa, take the honours in the Betfair Tap Tap Boom Handicap over seven furlongs.

There were also victories for Dave Simcock’s Desert Encounter in the Betfair Acca Edge Handicap and Ed Dunlop’s Opposition in the Betfair Exchange Handicap, completing a treble for De Sousa on the afternoon.

n Hugo Palmer’s Galileo Gold, winner of the Qipco 2000 Guineas, heads a list of 13 horses left in the Irish equivalent on Saturdayat the confirmation stage. Should he be successful in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh, the colt would emulate Gleneagles, who did the double 12 months ago.