German Oaks: Frankie Dettori heads to Dusseldorf to ride Gosden raider Miss Yoda
162nd Henkel-Preis der Diana – German Oaks (Group 1) | 1m3f | 3yo fillies
Frankie Dettori jets off to Germany on Sunday in his bid for a first win in Dusseldorf's Preis der Diana and connections of Miss Yoda, owned by Georg von Opel, the billionaire great-grandson of the founder of the German car manufacturer of the same name, are hoping she motors home.
Trained by John Gosden, who has yet to win the £423,729 Group 1 either, Miss Yoda landed the Oaks Trial Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield before finishing sixth and fourth in the Ribblesdale and Bahrain Trophy.
She is the first horse to have won for Von Opel, whose great-grandfather Adam established the family's automobile business in 1862.
The owner's racing manager Jamie McCalmont said: "She travelled over fine and everyone is happy. It looks an open race and it has actually been on our agenda since the beginning of the year.
"Her first run of the year at Lingfield was the best and if she can run back to that form she should be competitive."
Madden partners Harrington hopeful
While Dettori is no stranger to big-race rides, it is a day in the spotlight for 23-year-old Tom 'Socks' Madden, who partners the Jessica Harrington raider Silence Please.
Madden, whose older brother Niall – nicknamed Slippers – won the 2006 Grand National on Numbersixvalverde, will have to quarantine for 14 days when returning home to Ireland because of the coronavirus restrictions, but will not mind that if he is successful on the daughter of Gleneagles, who gave him his biggest victory in June's Listed Salsabil Stakes at Navan.
"She's our first runner in Germany," said Harrington. "She's travelled over well and seems to be in good form. Her form is good when you look at how One Voice [her stablemate who she beat two starts ago] ran at Goodwood during the week and she was obviously beaten by the Irish Oaks winner [Even So] last time too. Tom is looking forward to riding her, he's won on her twice before and knows her well."
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