Local Time: one of four Saeed bin Suroor-trained Investec Oaks entries
PICTURE: Andrew Watkins (Dubai Racing Club)
BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE, who is among the shortest-priced British-trained fillies for the Investec Oaks, is in a race against time to be ready for the Epsom Classic, trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has revealed.
The Nell Gwyn Stakes third, who won her maiden at Doncaster last October by nine lengths, is around the 12-1 mark for the Oaks on June 5, the market headed by 1,000 Guineas heroine Legatissimo, who is a best-priced 4-1.
Bin Suroor said on Monday: “Beautiful Romance is in light training and it looks like the Irish Oaks is more likely, but we are keeping options open.”
A similar sentiment applies to stablemate Local Time, the UAE Oaks winner who finished a rather disappointing tenth behind Legatissimo at Newmarket – her trainer will monitor the ground in the build-up to Epsom.
Regardless of plans for Beautiful Romance and Local Time, the Godolphin trainer could still be represented in the Oaks, with Very Special and Winters Moon also entered.
Bin Suroor added: “Very Special won at Kempton and is a nice filly I like. We’ll see how she runs at York on Friday, and then we’ll make a decision about her future. We were disappointed with Winters Moon in the Pretty Polly. She has not improved from last year and we need to see more in her work.”
Irish Rookie, runner-up in Sunday’s Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, looks set to miss Epsom, for which she is 16-1 with Coral, though bigger elsewhere, with next month’s Prix de Diane the firm target.
Trainer Martyn Meade said on Monday: “The big question in the distance. Do I stick at a mile or chance her at a mile and a quarter? I think the Oaks here is out. My preference would be the French Oaks, and if we can get the ground I think it is worth trying her over a mile and a quarter.”
The next Oaks clues will come with the running of the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday, for which Star Of Seville shades Together Forever at the head of the market.
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