Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Moth and Say go for Classic glory

Moth (green cap) ran a cracking Oaks trial in the 1000 Guineas

Aidan O'Brien is double-handed as he goes for his fifth win in the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

The Ballydoyle handler is responsible for 1000 Guineas third Moth, who Joseph O'Brien prefers to ride instead of runaway Cork maiden scorer Say (Seamie Heffernan).

Ante-post favourite Secret Gesture also features among the 11 fillies declared for the Classic, and shot to prominence with a devastating display in the Lingfield Oaks Trial. She will carry the colours of Qatar Racing for the first time after Sheikh Fahad snapped up a half-share earlier this week, but Jim Crowley keeps the ride.

Beckett has an interesting second string to his bow in Pretty Polly winner Talent, the mount of Richard Hughes.

Hughie Morrison runs Cheshire Oaks winner Banoffee, supplemented at a cost of £30,000, while Sir Michael Stoute's Liber Nauticus was towards the head of the betting even before enhancing her claims with victory in the Musidora Stakes.

Michael Bell runs Madame Defarge and The Lark, with the field completed by Gertrude Versed, Roz and Miss You Too.

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