Six line up classy Middleton

Frankie Dettori riding So Mi Dar win the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes last year at York

So Mi Dar heads a field of six as the one-time Oaks fancy makes her eagerly-awaited seasonal debut in the Betfred Middleton Stakes at York on Thursday.

The John Gosden-trained filly staked a big claim for Classic honours when winning the Musidora Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago only to be ruled out of Epsom through injury.

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She returned to action in the autumn with a Listed victory at Yarmouth and wound up by finishing a close third in the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly.

Connections will be hoping for a clear run this term but faces no easy task against opposition that includes her stablemate The Black Princess. The daughter of Iffraaj is a Group Three winner in France already this spring.

Sir Michael Stoute has two strong contenders in Queen's Trust, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, and Smart Call, a triple Grade One scorer in her native South Africa.

Andrew Balding's Blond Me and Chain Of Daisies, from Henry Candy's stable, complete the sextet.

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