Emily Upjohn, who was narrowly beaten in last year’s Oaks, could start her 2023 campaign at Epsom’s Coronation Cup, according to trainer Thady Gosden.
Emily Upjohn was set to race in the Dubai Sheema Classic but had to be withdrawn due to cold weather.
“She ran a huge race in the Oaks when just beaten there and had a nice swansong (at Ascot) at the end of last year,” said Thady Gosden – who trains in partnership with his father John – on Racing TV’s Luck On Sunday.
“She was heading towards Dubai but with the cold weather in the spring, it didn’t quite work out. Obviously she would have been taking on Equinox which would have been an interesting one.
“The Coronation Cup would be a nice early one to start with if she’s ready in time, but we’ll see how she is and she’ll tell us.”
Gosden also confirmed that Inspiral, a top-class miler, could run in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, with other mile races also on the cards.
“She’s wintered well and is in good order, enjoying her training and looks great,” continued Gosden.
“She is obviously a top-class miler and all these mile races will be the ones for her.
“She is certainly an independently-minded filly. She has plenty of character but is exceptionally talented.”
Lord North, who recently won the Dubai Turf, could also return to Royal Ascot, where he won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes in 2020.
Gosden continued: “He had a slightly curtailed one last year and it was fantastic to get him back for the Dubai Turf – it was a good team effort there.
“He won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes two years ago and he is a horse you could look towards that with.”
Gosden also tipped Arrest as a horse to watch for Classic success in 2023, following the horse’s impressive performance at Saint-Cloud last year.
He added: “He was proven at Group One level last year when just beaten at Saint-Cloud. He is a talented horse and always looked like a three-year-old. He has plenty of size, scope and class about him.
“He will start off in a trial and we will go from there. Possibly Sandown, but we will see how he is.”