John and Thady Gosden's flying filly Emily Upjohn will put her Cazoo Epsom Oaks credentials to the test in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday, May 11.
The daughter of Sea The Stars created a buzz with a nine and a half lengths win at Sandown last month. The victory had her jockey Frankie Dettori full of praise for the three-year-old, saying afterwards: "I rode her the other morning and I thought, 'wow'! Not many horses take my breath away and you like to see them do it in the afternoon."
Bookies took the win extremely seriously and put Emily Upjohn in towards the top of the market for the Epsom Oaks on June 3.
Gosden is suitably impressed with Emily Upjohn saying: "She is a big, rangy filly. She's won her maiden and novice and done it nicely. But now she's moving up to a completely different grade, taking on other smart winners.
"We'll learn an awful lot more about her. She's one of those fillies who will get better with age because she certainly has the scope and frame to do it."
While Emily Upjohn is likely to go off odds-on at York, Charlie Appleby will attempt to upset the apple cart with Life Of Dreams, a Dubawi filly who won nicely on debut at Newbury.
"We were pleased with Life Of Dreams on her debut at Newbury, when she won comfortably," Appleby told www.godolphin.com.
"You would expect some progression from her first to second start, which will hopefully make her competitive at this level."
Aidan O'Brien's Algarve shouldn't be discounted, a somewhat dark horse who showed what she can do despite a weak start by winning well at Galway on heavy ground last October.
Her jockey Ryan Moore told Betfair: "I haven't ridden her in a race yet but she signed off last season with a comprehensive, improved win in deep ground at Galway in October, so that progressive profile at two augurs well.
"She comes from a very good family that includes the likes of her brother Van Gogh, as well as Horatio Nelson to name another high-level performer from a long list of other talented siblings.
"She clearly has to take a significant step forward to trouble the form horses here - Emily Upjohn was particularly impressive at Sandown, and Life Of Dreams was good at Newbury, both races that I rode in - but we are here to find out if she can. Emily Upjohn looks the one to beat."