Musidora Stakes: Give And Take delivers at York to set up Oaks conundrum

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By Geoffrey Riddle
Wed 16 May 2018

Watch a full replay of the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes won by Give And Take at York on Wednesday, Niall Hannity's interview with winning connections and read our report.

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Give And Take appears to be an unlikely runner at Epsom next month despite a battling victory in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday.

Held up by James Doyle, Given And Take made good headway in the closing stages to deny outsider Dancing Brave Bear and Andrea Atzeni by a length.

By doing so she became the second Classic Trial winner for Cityscape, following Dan's Dream win at Newbury last month.

Cityscape won the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan over nine furlongs for Roger Charlton and although the winner is out of a Montjeu mare, Grace And Glory, trainer William Haggas did not appear to want to try her hand in the Oaks.

"She stayed on well," Haggas said.

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"What a wonderfully game filly she is.

"I was delighted with her. She's a stakes winner for the breeder.

"I've never been convinced a mile and a half is her go. Nicholas Jones (owner-breeder) assures me she's from a good staying family, but she has always shown me speed at home.

"I have her in the Prix Saint-Alary next week (at Longchamp). I'm going to look at that. I know it's quite soon, but I'm not convinced about the Oaks. There is only one Oaks. If Mr Jones wants to go for it, then we will."

Haggas added: "I wasn't expecting James to ride him like that, just because we knew she'd be a strong stayer, but I left it up to him.

"I don't know about Epsom, I'll have to talk to her owner/breeder. He's adamant she'll stay further and I'm not so sure.

"She was a bit exposed by Sir Michael Stoute's filly (Crystal Hope) at Sandown, but we did have a penalty, and now we've won a Group Three.

"I know Ed (Vaughan) likes his filly and they looked a nice bunch in the paddock."

A field of seven runners went to post for this recognised trial for the Investec Oaks at Epsom, with Highgarden the 5-2 favourite to provide trainer John Gosden with a fourth successive win in the race - and a sixth in eight years.

Frankie Dettori took the market leader to the lead from the start, but she was a spent force entering the final furlong, whereas Give And Take (7-2) battled it out with Dancing Brave Bear on the stands' rail.

Give And Take asserted close home to secure victory by a length.

Doyle said: "I was pleased with her. Each time she's ran to a creditable level.

"It took her a while to adapt to it but I was very pleased with here at the line. She gets the trip very well."

Give And Take is a best-priced 25-1 for the Oaks with Betfair, but as short as 12-1 with William Hill.

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