Trainer John Gosden feels a "change of gear" can only be a positive for Emily Upjohn, as he targets a fourth Oaks win.
(This article was originally published on 02.06.2022)
Friday's feature at Epsom goes off at 16:30 and the daughter of Sea The Stars is 11/8 in the market, with stablemate Nashwa 4/1 and the best-looking of Aidan O'Brien's trio, Tuesday, priced at 7/1.
Emily Upjohn is unbeaten in her three career starts, most recently roaring to success in last month's Musidora Stakes at York.
Frankie Dettori was on board that day and again takes the ride, aiming for his seventh Oaks success after piloting O'Brien's Snowfall home last year.
Gosden appears quietly confident about his chances on Friday, with himself and son and co-trainer Thady pleased with what they've seen.
Another win would only add to the growing comparisons with the legendary Enable but the Clarehaven handler is himself stopping short of entering those discussions.
For now, he is happy to focus on what he has seen from her trio of wins, with her ability to find extra speed a talent he believes could be decisive on the Downs.
"Emily Upjohn is not a filly who raced a lot at two as she only had the one run at Wolverhampton, but you can see by the size of the frame of her why we were patient," said Gosden, who now trains in partnership with son Thady.
"I would hope she has got the speed for the Oaks, as she has shown an ability to quicken. The other day in the Musidora she quickened well there at York.
"She did it well at Wolverhampton and at Sandown she sat very handy, then lengthened off the front. She has a change of gear."