Shutter defies ground worries
Shutter Speed shrugged off pre-race ground concerns to stamp her class on the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York.
Heavy rain on the Knavesmire turned the ground soft and trainer John Gosden walked the track prior to letting her take her chance.
The early pace, set by Miss Infinity, was steady at best and while Shutter Speed settled nicely for Frankie Dettori, she wanted to go quicker.
Taking up the running fully two furlongs out, she did not quicken up as smartly as she has done previously in the soft ground and Hugo Palmer's once-raced Vintage Folly kept her up to her work to be beaten a length and three-quarters by the 4-7 favourite.
Shutter Speed beat stablemate and fellow Khalid Abdullah-owned filly Enable at Newbury last month, meaning connections have two leading chances for the Investec Oaks according to the market.
However, the team had previously expressed doubts about Shutter Speed's ability to stay 12 furlongs and Dettori thinks the 10-furlong Prix de Diane could be a better option for the Dansili filly.
Dettori said: "We got away with it. The ground is very soft and she didn't like it and it dented her turn of foot, but she was much the best horse in the race. It was hard work for her.
"We got away with that and I think you will see a better horse on better ground on a better day.
"She is top draw. She has got a lot about her and everything she does is very classy. I would say that a mile and a quarter is just about right for her."
Gosden confirmed the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on June 18 is the target for Shutter Speed.
He said: "Before racing the ground was in pristine condition. The ground staff have done the most wonderful job. It was beautiful grass with great depth to it, but sadly we had a mass amount of rain.
"It was only because it was in great condition before that we decided to run.
"She hated it. It was too soft and she was not happy at all, but she had the class to win. She will go to the Prix de Diane which is just over a month's time. It gives her a month to get over the race.
"She is a mile-and-a-quarter filly – this did stretch the stamina today.
"If it went very soft we wouldn't run her, but if it is good, good to soft or fast, we would love it. She is a top of the ground filly. She was always the best of our fillies last year.
"I took my son Thady to Yarmouth especially to be there when she ran. That was soft and she didn't like it, but she won. She has run twice on soft ground and hasn't liked it, but she has always been a gorgeous filly.
"I trained her second dam, Prophecy, to win the Cheveley Park for Prince Khalid. You can straight away see that there is a bundle of speed on the dam's side.
"She has got the scope to get a mile and a quarter, but I wouldn't be running her in any Oaks."
While the winner is not heading to Epsom, Palmer would be keen to tackle the Oaks on June 2 with the runner-up if the ground is suitable.
He said: "That was a great effort by a filly having her first run of the year, and only the second of her life, against more experienced fillies. She's a (maiden) winner and second in a Group Three now.
"The horse that led them (Miss Infinity), Ryan (Moore) did a masterful job (on). (They) went no pace and tried to sprint which wouldn't have suited our filly at all.
"She loves this soft ground and that is crucial. If the word soft appeared in the going description at Epsom, I will be talking to the owner about it.
"She's very balanced, has a lovely attitude and should have no problem going round Epsom. James (Doyle) thinks she'll get a mile and six.
"She's a proper old-fashioned staying filly. This is her ground and she can only improve after what was only her second start."
Roger Varian felt the race was not run to suit third-placed Serenada and a step up to 12 furlongs is now firmly on the agenda.
He said: "I think we want to go a mile and a half next time. She made an eye-catching move halfway up the straight, couldn't quite follow it through but stayed on all the way to the line, so she probably needs to go a mile an a half to be at her best.
"She's well entered up. She's in both (English and Irish) Oaks. We'll see how she comes out of the race and we'll discuss it with her owner and make a plan.
"We're not displeased with the run. It was a good run. With a five-runner field, it was always going to turn into a sprint. Ideally, she wants a true-run mile and a half.
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