Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore: team up with Diamondsandrubies today
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AIDAN O’BRIEN bids to land his fourth Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks since 2008 as he saddles Diamondsandrubies in Wednesday’s Listed race, one of the highlights of the opening day of Chester’s May meeting.
O’Brien, who won the 2,000 Guineas with Gleneagles on Saturday, teams up again with Newmarket hero Ryan Moore, winner of both weekend Classics .
The pair previously won the Cheshire Oaks in 2011 with Wonder Of Wonders, who went on to finish second to Dancing Rain in the Investec Oaks at Epsom. Diamondsandrubies is 33-1 to go one better in the fillies’ Classic.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock was an unlucky third in a 1m2f Listed race at Navan last month after getting off the mark at Tipperary, and is expected to improve for this longer trip of 1m3f79y.
“She won her maiden at Tipperary and ran a good race when third in the Salsabil Stakes at Navan last time when Seamie [Heffernan] said she didn’t have the run of the race,” O’Brien said.
He added: “She finished off the race well and, hopefully, can improve again.”
Among those also putting their Oaks credentials to the test in a race that last produced the winner of the Classic in Light Shift for Sir Henry Cecil eight years ago is Victoria Pollard.
The Andrew Balding-trained hope is available at 33-1 for the Oaks, the same price as Diamondsandrubies.
Named after the Little Britain character Vicky Pollard because of her unruly nature as a juvenile, the daughter of Sir Percy showed she had grown up when making a winning debut at Newbury last month in a race won by subsequent Epsom heroines Eswarah and Dancing Rain.
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