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Coolmore star looks perfect fit for Oaks

MOTH can take flight for Ballydoyle by winning the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien landed the third domestic Classic of the Flat season 12 months ago with 20/1 shot Was, but his main hope this year could be a far better horse than that one.

Everything the Coolmore representative has hitherto done on the racecourse, not to mention her breeding, tends to indicate this mile-and-a-half trip is made to measure. Her critics would argue that O'Brien's inmate looked naive when she tackled the dip at Newmarket, which might not bode particularly well as Epsom is a far trickier circuit.

That said, she is sure to have gained crucial big-race experience in the Guineas on what was just her fourth career start.

John Gosden can dominate the Princess Elizabeth Stakes and the Investec Diomed Stakes on a quality card.

Starscope is the choice in the first-named event and she was not far off being top class as a three-year-old, finishing second in the 1000 Guineas.

Stablemate Gregorian also enjoyed a profitable 2012, with third in the St James's Palace. A Group Three like the Diomed is a logical next port of call.

Keep an eye, too, on Stock Hill Fair, who runs in the Rudimental Stakes at Goodwood. Brendan Powell's inmate grew a little weary over a mile and six furlongs at Nottingham last time so should prefer this shorter trip.

Perfect Cracker can manipulate a considerably lower turf mark when he lines up at Bath. The five-year-old is rated 7lb lower ahead of the Bath Ales Salamander Handicap.

Michael Dods' Dartrix is capable of defying a 6lb rise in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Handicap at Catterick.

It would also be disappointing if Uttoxeter winner Oyster Shell did not carry on the good work in the Ladies Day On 20th July Novices' Hurdle at Market Rasen.


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