John Gosden has earmarked next month’s Darley Yorkshire Oaks as the first target for multiple Group One winner Star Catcher ahead of a potentially busy autumn campaign.
Last year’s Irish Oaks heroine will be readied to make her comeback in the 12-furlong contest, that could potentially see her clash with stablemate, and dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, Enable.
The daughter of Sea The Stars established herself as one of the most useful middle-distance fillies in training after adding to her Curragh Classic success with further top-level triumphs in the Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp and on Champions Day at Ascot in October.
Gosden said: “She was ready to run in Dubai and we’d her all primed, but at the last minute we decided maybe not to put her on the plane and of course then they they fundamentally shut down the United Arab Emirates.
“After that I let her down a little and gave her a pleasant little holiday. I thought ‘don’t train her and back right away’ as there was no racing and we did not know once we would start again.
“After speaking to (owner) Mr (Anthony) Oppenheimer, we decided to go August onwards with her and – potentially into November.
“I want to bring her back to the Yorkshire Oaks, then potentially look at the Vermeille again.
“She is in the Arc and there is Fillies & Mares Stakes back at Ascot and we would even think of the Breeders’ Cup.”
Having given Enable a racecourse gallop at Newmarket’s July Course in front of her return in the Eclipse, Gosden has not eliminated doing something similar with Star Catcher, who also struck gold in last season’s Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He added: “I may give her a racecourse gallop prior to the Yorkshire Oaks, but she actually is pretty simple and gets herself ready.
“We may pop her down at the July Course prior to going to York, though.”