King George: Emily Upjohn to miss Irish Oaks after travel problems and targets Ascot, live on Sky Sports Racing | Race News


Emily Upjohn will miss Saturday’s Irish Oaks due to travel complications and will be redirected to the King George at Ascot next weekend, live on Sky Sports Racing.

The Oaks runner-up was as short as 1/2 favorite for the Curragh Classic after being an unlucky second at Epsom last month after slipping out of the stalls under Frankie Dettori.

Connections were due to cross the Irish Sea on Friday, but plans have now been scrapped after problems with Emily Upjohn’s scheduled flight from Stansted.

John and Thady Gosden’s star filly remains among the 15 entries for King George on July 23 and the team see next Saturday’s group one, where Upjohn takes on the boys, as the obvious next choice.

Thady Gosden said: “It’s very frustrating. We thought all his bad luck had been exhausted at Epsom. The plane, which was going to take him to Ireland, is also used for Royal Mail.

“He was flying from Edinburgh to pick her up and there was a bird strike. The plane that was supposed to take her there can’t get here in time and they can’t find another plane.

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Tuesday and Ryan Moore sniff Emily Upjohn in the Oaks at Epsom

“Unfortunately, we are completely snooked.

“The King George is now obviously the option. Frustrating, especially when training him for such a race.”

The Curragh’s loss is Ascot’s gain as Upjohn now sets to follow the former Gosden Enable star’s path as a three-year-old filly to win the famous contest.

There will be no meeting with Derby winner Desert Crown, who was kicked out of the King George on Thursday after catching a ‘foot niggle’.

Heading Upjohn’s potential rivals are Irish Derby winner Westover – an unlucky third in the Epsom equivalent – and stablemate Mishriff.




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