Architecture can outstay Minding in Oaks

Seventh Heaven - Ryan Moore wins from Architecture

Architecture (yellow sleeves) finishes second at Lingfield

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HUGO PALMER believes Architecture will outstay Minding in the Investec Oaks on Friday when the trainer will be seeking a second Classic of the year.

Palmer won his first British Classic when Galileo Gold landed the 2,000 Guineas and has again turned to Frankie Dettori to ride his first runner in the Oaks.

“I think she has a serious each-way chance and Frankie now thinks so as well,” he said in the Racing Post Weekender. “I certainly believe she’ll stay better than Minding.”

Stamina doubt

Expanding upon the point in his Betfair blog, Palmer said: “If Minding is as brilliant over 1m4f as she is over a mile, then we are all in serious trouble. However, I feel that there is every chance that she won’t stay, on pedigree and style of racing, and that is obviously my hope, too.

“She won her maiden in June over six furlongs on fast ground and looks more about speed to me.

“I think she may be vulnerable over the trip, and I am very happy with Architecture, who I think has a good chance in a very open race.”

Archicture was beaten in her trial at Lingfield but Palmer said: “I believe Architecture can win and that’s why she’ll be there.”

Ground no problem

Architecture made her debut on soft ground and got off the mark on good to soft going at Nottingham, so rain at Epsom does not perturb Palmer.

“She handled softish ground very well at Epsom’s Breakfast with the Stars last week,” he said. “There’s a difference between galloping and running on it, but she also won her maiden on soft ground last year.”

The going at Epsom on Thursday morning remained soft, good to soft in places.

Outsider with a chance

Conditions could suit Diamonds Pour Moi, whose trainer Ralph Beckett will seek his third Oaks win in nine runnings. Look Here (2008) and Talent (2013) were also outsiders, like the 33-1 chance who was third in the Cheshire Oaks.

David Redvers, racing manager for owner Pearl Bloodstock, said: “The little bit of ease in the ground at Epsom will suit her and we’re looking forward to seeing her run very competitively.

“She was a bit green around Chester but learnt a great deal and finished off her race nicely. Chester is great place to give them an education before they go to Epsom and she has come on a lot since.

“The Oaks is an open race. They’ve got to get the trip well, and we think our filly will.”

 

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