Gosden happy with Wings plan

John Gosden believes Wings Of Desire's previous York victory should stand him in good stead in Wednesday's Juddmonte International Stakes on the Knavesmire.

Wings of Desire (left) beats Deauville in the Dante Stakes.

The three-year-old son of Pivotal was a neck victor in the 10-furlong Dante Stakes at the track back in May before stepping up to a mile and a half to finish fourth in the Derby at Epsom.

He has since finished second in the King George over 12 furlongs at Ascot and could clash again with that day's victor, Highland Reel, as he drops back to a mile and a quarter this time.

Gosden said: "He is in at York and the plan is to run him at this stage. He is in good form and is taking a drop in trip, but he is a course-and-distance winner which always helps.

"I think he ran a lovely race at Ascot. Ryan Moore controlled it out in front and I think he got a little bit outstayed at the end.

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"We will take it one race at a time with him, but I am quite happy to see him back over a mile and a quarter."

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Meanwhile, Gosden says he will bide his time with So Mi Dar as she nears a return from a spell on the sidelines.

The three-year-old has won each of her three starts to date, lifting a Windsor maiden on her only juvenile outing last October, before returning to claim the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom and the Musidora Stakes at York this term.

She ran out a four-length winner on the Knavesmire in May and was one of the leading contenders for the Oaks until suffering a setback in the run up to the Classic.

So Mi Dar is entered in both the Group Two Moyglare "Jewels" Blandford Stakes at the Curragh on September 11 and the Group One QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on October 15 at this stage.

Gosden said: "She is cantering fine and is in good order. She has developed and strengthened but we are talking September or October before she is back.

"We will take it one step at a time and do what is right for her."

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