Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Highway team consider options

Princess Highway

Princess Highway has a choice of Group One engagements in her quest to win at the highest level after being found out by soft ground in the Darley Irish Oaks.

The Dermot Weld-trained filly could not quite get to grips with the conditions when third behind Great Heavens in the Curragh Classic last month.

She had earlier trounced subsequent Nassau Stakes winner The Fugue by six lengths in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. Connections will look at the Darley Yorkshire Oaks over a mile and a half at York next Thursday and the 10-furlong Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 8 for the daughter of Street Cry.

"She'll go for either the Yorkshire Oaks or the Champion Stakes," said Stan Cosgrove, racing manager to owners Moyglare Stud.

"The ground was a bit too soft for her in the Irish Oaks.

"She's a very good filly and can run at a mile and a quarter as well as a mile and a half.

"Maybe she'll go to York, but we'll see."

Hughie Morrison's high-class fillies Coquet and Shirocco Star both remain in the mix for York.

"I need to speak to the owners of both fillies, but I think it's likely both will be left in at the confirmation stage," said Morrison.

"Coquet was unlucky in the Oaks and may not run at York. We might go for a spin round Windsor in a 10-furlong Group Three on Saturday week (Winter Hill Stakes) before looking at something bigger and better. I would say Shirocco Star is a likely runner in the Yorkshire Oaks, but we'll see nearer the time."

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