Legatissimo in Oaks reckoning
Published 20/05/2015 | 16:24
Legatissimo is in line to bid for a Classic double after trainer David Wachman confirmed the Investec Oaks as the "most likely target" for his 1000 Guineas heroine.
The daughter of Danehill Dancer finished with a flourish to clinch Group One glory on the Rowley Mile at the start of the month in hands of Ryan Moore, but has not been left in this weekend's Irish 1,000 Guineas following the confirmation stage.
While unwilling to make any concrete plans, Wachman revealed the step up to a mile and a half at Epsom on June 5 was in the pipeline.
Wachman said: "She seems fine and we're thinking of going to Epsom.
"All options are open and we're not going to tie ourselves down to anything, but that (Oaks) is the most likely target."
Legatissimo, who heads the ante-post market at 7-2 with Coral, was among 25 fillies left in the Classic at the latest acceptance stage.
Others prominent in the betting include Sir Michael Stoute's Crystal Zvezda, the Aidan O'Brien-trained trio of Diamondsandrubies, Found, Together Forever and John Gosden's duo of Star Of Seville and Jazzi Top.
Seven of the 11 Irish-trained possibles hail from O'Brien's Ballydoyle yard while Jessica Harrington is double-handed with Bocca Baciata and Jack Naylor. There is just one remaining entry from France, the Andre Fabre-trained Al Naamah.
Newmarket trainer Ed Dunlop, twice successful in the Oaks with Ouija Board (2004) and Snow Fairy (2010), has left in Arethusa.
She is in line to get her 2015 campaign under way in the Listed Height Fashion Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.
"We are in the position with Arethusa at the moment where we don't quite know where we are with her so that is why we have decided to go down this route," said Dunlop.
"We have chosen to go back to Goodwood as she won there last year. Let's keep our fingers crossed and see how she gets on. The Goodwood race looks pretty competitive unfortunately!
"I am happy with the way she has progressed but we just need to know where we stand with her."
Ralph Beckett, who is on the Oaks roll-of-honour thanks to Look Here (2008) and Talent (2013), could run Lingfield Oaks Trial runner-up Bellajeu.
She was beaten that day by Toujours L'Amour, who does not hold an Oaks entry. It is unlikely she will be added to the field at the supplementary on May 30 at a cost of £30,000, although a final decision has not yet been made.
Her trainer William Haggas admits it is odds against, with the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot her alternative target.
"We haven't quite decided yet, but my guess would be that it (Epsom) is unlikely," said Haggas.