The Anthony Oppenheimer-owned filly saw her odds cut for next month’s Investec Oaks at Epsom following her impressive maiden win at Newcastle on Monday.
Timeform Reporter Comment:
"After 7 months off, went one better than on debut, not improving a great deal on ratings but certainly enhancing her reputation, putting the race to bed in emphatic style having clearly learnt from her first run; in touch, travelled well, headway over 3f out, shaken up 2f out, led over 1f out, forged clear; she's likely to stay further still and looks a smart prospect"
However, the Newmarket handler first favours sending the daughter of Frankel to the Royal meeting for a tilt at the Group Two prize he claimed 12 months with Star Catcher in the same silks.
Gosden said: “Frankly Darling at the moment is pointing towards the Ribblesdale.
“She took her race at very well at Newcastle. Remember she has only had two runs in her life, whereas Miss Yoda (Lingfield Oaks Trial winner) had two wins last year and was placed in a Group race against the colts, so she is more experienced whereas Frankly Darling would need the experience.
“You never know the value of a maiden, but we like the filly and she did it well. We have always liked her and she has trained well all spring. Hopefully we can go forward towards the Ribblesdale.”
The Ribblesdale has been moved from its traditional Thursday slot to the opening day of Royal Ascot on June 16 as officials try to allow as much time between the trial and the Oaks on July 4.