Juddmonte Farms

40TH STAKES WINNER FOR FRANKEL

Mehdaayih became FRANKEL's 40th stakes winner following an impressive victory in the Cheshire Oaks L. yesterday (8th May).

Taken from the Racing Post, 9th May 2019, by David Carr

John Gosden's decision to pitch Chelmsford match winner Mehdaayih straight into Listed company paid off spectacularly when she saw off ten rivals in tremendous style in the Cheshire Oaks.

Mehdaayih is now challenging for the Epsom Oaks favouritism with odds ranging from 4-1 to 10-1 but as yet she has not been supplemented for the race. Gosden's son Thady said: "We'll have to discuss with the owner whether she'll be supplemented for the Oaks. We'll see whether Mr Nasser Lootah would like to go to Epsom or whether he'd like to go somewhere else."

"She's a nice, athletic, well-balanced filly so you'd hope she'd be the right type for Epsom," Gosden said. "We thought she'd run well but we didn't really think she'd go and do it like that. She must have enjoyed a bit of juice in the ground. She was quite impressive. Her last race at Chelmsford was only a two-runner race so you couldn't get a proper read off that but she couldn't have done it any better and she couldn't really have done this any better."

Jockey Robert Havlin reflected: "She had enough turn of foot and I just managed to get her out by the two [furlong pole] and she really surprised me how she picked up. She really loved the ground. She showed a really good change of gear there, half a furlong out she started wandering to the left so I think she had a bit left up her sleeve."

Date: 09 May 2019