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Flight drama rules Emily Upjohn out of Irish Oaks

15 Jul 2022
Jon Vine 15 Jul 2022
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  • Emily Upjohn will not run in the 2022 Irish Oaks
  • John Gosden's filly had been the 4/11 favourite for the feature at the Curragh on Saturday
  • A bird striking the plane saw her flight over to Ireland cancelled
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Frankie Dettori riding Emily Upjohn (red) win The Tattersalls Musidora Stakes. (Getty)

Emily Upjohn will miss Saturday's Irish Oaks, after her plane to Ireland was cancelled on Friday.

John Gosden's Oaks runner-up was due to carry a very short price into Saturday's Classic highlight at the Curragh. Sadly, Emily Upjohn will not be able to take her chance in the Irish Oaks, following the cancellation of her flight to Ireland.

John Gosden informed the press this afternoon, "Emily Upjohn will not be going to Ireland to run in the Juddmonte Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday due to the plane due to take her there sustaining a bird strike earlier in the day. Due to various logistical issues she was unable to fly today from Stansted."

"After discussion with the owners it was decided to reroute her to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot next Saturday."

Earlier today, Epsom Derby hero Desert Crown had been taken out of the King George, leaving Westover as the even-money favourite. After connection's revealed the change of plan today, Emily Upjohn was slashed in the Ascot betting, coming in from 16/1 into 5/2 second-favouritism, ahead of stablemate Mishriff.

Magical Lagoon now tops the Irish Oaks betting at 5/4 with Paddy Power. Cairde Go Deo is the 6/1 second-favourite, with Aidan O'Brien's trio of Emily Dickinson, History and Toy all sitting at the same price.

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