The Uncertain Future of Betfred Oaks Winner Soul Sister
After her stunning victory in the Betfred Oaks at Epsom, plans for Soul Sister’s future remain ambiguous. The three-year-old filly had a disappointing start to her season when she finished poorly on soft ground in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury. However, she made an unexpected comeback by winning the Musidora Stakes at York last month.
Soul Sister proved that her win was no fluke after clinching Classic glory under Frankie Dettori in the Surrey Downs last week. Although she holds an entry in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, joint-trainer Thady Gosden claims that they have not finalized their next plan of attack yet.
“She’s come out of it well. Obviously every Classic is a hard race, but she seems happy and well in herself at home,” said Gosden about his horse’s recovery from their recent triumph.
Gosden added that “we’ll see how she is” before deciding on Soul Sister’s next move but emphasized how fantastic it feels to win such a prestigious event like the Oaks.
Running Lion Withdrawn Before Betfred Oaks Race
While there was joy for one Gosden-trained horse, Running Lion caused frustration after being withdrawn from contention just seconds before kicking off due to veterinary advice prompted by its behavior behind starting stalls. Despite this setback, Running Lion will seek compensation and redemption by competing in France’s Prix de Diane held on Sunday week – equivalent to Britain’s classic races like Epsom Derby or Royal Ascot.
“It was sort of a freak event really,” said joint-trainer Thady Gosden regarding Running Lion’s withdrawal from contention minutes before kick-off time during this year’s Betfred Oaks race. “The plan is for her to go to France, I think,” he added.
With the future of both Gosden-trained horses uncertain and their next moves yet to be announced, fans can only wait patiently and hope that both Running Lion and Soul Sister will continue to make an impact in the horse racing world.