Emily Upjohn has received approval to participate in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 29.
Trainers John and Thady Gosden initially hesitated to confirm the participation of the four-year-old filly in the prestigious midsummer race, following her impressive performance in the Eclipse last weekend.
Despite being narrowly defeated by Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old colt Paddington by just half a length at Sandown, with Paddington receiving a weight advantage of 7lb, the Gosdens remain eager to increase Emily Upjohn’s distance in the upcoming race. They have not encountered any significant issues this week that would deter them from sending her to Ascot. It is worth noting that Ascot was the location of her sole disappointing performance in the same race last year.
John Gosden, the senior trainer, expressed his satisfaction with Emily Upjohn’s recent performance, stating, “After a race like that, you take a moment to assess, but I couldn’t be happier. She is in excellent condition and has maintained her form. I had to canter her again quickly, and I’m very pleased with her. At the moment, there is no reason why she wouldn’t participate in the King George.”
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