Opera return for So Mi Dar

John Gosden is leaning towards pitching So Mi Dar into top-level company on her return to action for a shot at next month's Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly.

So Mi Dar could return in the Prix de l'Opera

Although the three-year-old holds an entry in Sunday's Moyglare "Jewels" Blandford Stakes at the Curragh, the Newmarket handler warned she is unlikely to take up the engagement in favour of a tilt at the mile-and-a-quarter Group One contest on October 2.

The unbeaten daughter of Dubawi, who is out of triple Group One-winning mare Dar Re Me, has been absent since meeting with a setback shortly after her victory in the Musidora Stakes at York.

Gosden said: "I don't think we are off there (Blandford Stakes).

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"I think the Prix de l'Opera is a more realistic target, with the plan of getting a racecourse gallop or work in beforehand. She is in good form."

Last year's Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs is on course to make his first appearance in more than four months in the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup, better known as the Arc Trial, at Newbury on September 17.

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The four-year-old has been out of action since pulling up on his seasonal return in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket, where he sustained a stress fracture to his pelvis.

Gosden added: "He (Jack Hobbs) is in great form. He is in the Arc. He has got to get the run in at Newbury beforehand and he is in Champion Stakes.

"He will tell me how he is over the next 10 days."

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