Gosden aims for York hat-trick

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John Gosden can claim a third consecutive renewal of the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York with Woodland Aria.

The Clarehaven handler intentionally targets this race with a good one, having struck in 2011 with Joviality and 12 months ago with excellent filly The Fugue.

Woodland Aria admittedly must have to make a big step up on the Knavesmire, but it is not inconceivable the Musidora has been the plan for quite a while.

Connections of the daughter of Singspiel were convinced she has the potential to become a contender for the Oaks at Epsom later this month following a striking victory on debut at Wolverhampton in April.

Woodland Aria never came off the bridle in a nine-and-a-half-furlong maiden, in which she defeated Elik by an eased-down half a length.

Sir Michael Stoute considered that runner-up good enough to contest the Cheshire Oaks last week, when she finished a fair fourth, so the form might stack up quite tidily by the end of the year.

Another Stoute inmate, Liber Nauticus, is a huge threat but she might not be quite as forward as Woodland Aria on her return from a 253-day lay-off.

Gosden’s inmate crucially has bags of stamina in her pedigree, so this step up to a mile and a quarter is still likely to be the shortest at which she is campaigned this summer.

Plenty of the usual suspects are out in full force for the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, but pick of the litter could be Mince.

The four-year-old filly enjoyed a marvellous season as a three-year-old, with five victories from eight outings.

Roger Charlton’s sprinter seemed to improve with each start, too, and signed off with a battling head victory in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot in October.

The ground was very demanding in Berkshire that day, so a return to a faster surface at York is sure to be a boon - as is the fact she is already a course-and-distance winner.