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Classical Song

Classical Song did well to keep on as well as she did to finish third behind Secret Satire in the Musidora Stakes at York. Held up early on by Rossa Ryan behind a moderate pace, she was still last of the seven runners on the run to the three-furlong marker. Still travelling well on the run to the two-furlong pole, she was taken to the near side and she stayed on strongly, closing on the leader all the way to the line and getting up for third place in a race that was slowly-run, as evidenced by a finishing speed percentage of over 108%.

It was a fine run by Ralph Beckett’s filly on her seasonal return. An impressive winner of her maiden at Sandown last September, she was only fourth in the Fillies’ Mile on her final run at two, but she reportedly bled from the nose that day, and she still finished within four lengths of Ylang Ylang. She should improve for this, her seasonal debut and just her fourth run ever and, a half-sister to Dylan Mouth, a dual Group 1 winner over a mile and a half and a Group 3 winner over a mile and six furlongs, she should improve for a step up to a mile and a half. The Musidora winner Secret Satire was well beaten in the Oaks, but the runner-up Francophone won the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood next time. Classical Song should do better off a stronger pace, and she will be of interest if she takes her chance in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

York, 15th May 2024