Royal Ascot News: Emily Upjohn out for Oaks revenge in the Ribblesdale

John Gosden suffered a heart-breaker in the Oaks as Emily Upjohn drew defeat from the jaws of victory after stumbling at the start. There's the chance for swift redemption in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Emily Upjohn could get swift redemption for an unfortunate second in the Oaks by racing in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, June 16.

The well-backed favourite for the Epsom Classic slipped early on and was only beaten an excruciating short head under Frankie Dettori.

Trainer John Gosden has entered the three-year-old filly in the Group 2 race at Ascot and it could be a chance for quick revenge.

He said: "The Ribblesdale is a very important race, she's never won a Group 2. You wait until the end of July and you're looking at two possible races, then the Yorkshire Oaks.

"If she's in good form, it's something that needs to be considered and thoroughly looked at, you don't just say 'oh we'll wait seven weeks or two months'.

"In her life she's had four races, which isn't an awful lot. We'll see, she's fine, she's been eating well and looking well. She's cantered and seems happy, so we'll keep the options open."

Meanwhile, Inspiral, who Gosden swerved from the 1000 Guineas, is set for a thrilling Coronation Stakes which also takes in the likes of Cachet, Mangoustine and Homeless Songs.

Gosden said: "It can happen to some fillies in the spring, she's taken a long time to come right and you don't want to rush them. She's pleasing me now and going the right way. She's goes for the Coronation, for which Mr (Dermot) Weld will be favourite (with Homeless Songs).

"It's great when it happens (the Guineas winners meet), it's like a grand finale and you find out who the best is.

"She's coming to herself and I think we're beginning to see the filly of last year, so we'll hope for a big performance. I think she's getting close to being exactly where we want her and as long as the next few days go all right, she can put up a bold show.

"We have been (keen to run), but sometimes in this game you just have to be patient."

The Queen's Reach For The Moon didn't make the Epsom Derby after a setback but could go for the Hampton Court Stakes rather than the King Edward VI Stakes.

Gosden said: "We're thinking Hampton Court for Reach For The Moon, over a mile and a quarter. He's pleased us in his work and we're very happy with him.

"I think when you've sustained an injury like that, you have to go very gently and it just wasn't going to happen in time.

"Obviously the owner-breeder was very keen to do everything right by the horse, so that made it simple for me in a sense. Just get a run in at Sandown and go to Royal Ascot.

"He's a character, he likes to play and shout. He enjoys the prelims - you'll hear him, he's a character that boy."

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