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Friday 23 February 2018

Dar Re Mi ruled out of Darley Oaks

John Gosden's star mare Dar Re Mi has been ruled out of next week's Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

The three-time Group One winner missed last month's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes due to a foot problem and connections feel she would not be fit enough to do herself justice next week due to the work she missed.

"She lost a bit of time due to the foot abscess that caused her to miss the King George and the Yorkshire Oaks has just come a bit too soon for her," Gosden's racing secretary, Peter Shoemark, said. "She will now be aimed at the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp (September 12)."

Despite Dar Re Mi's absence, 10 high-class fillies remain in York's Group One contest on August 19.

Last year's dual Oaks winner Sariska has been left in by Michael Bell, while Nassau Stakes heroine Midday could line up for Henry Cecil.

This year's Oaks winner Snow Fairy and the runner-up Meeznah are both in contention, while Barshiba, Flying Cloud, Irish raider Profound Beauty, Eleanora Duse and Hibaayeb are all possibles.

Completing the entries is Gosden's High Heeled, although she appears an unlikely runner having been declared to run in France on Saturday.

Ruby Walsh has been given the all-clear to return to action at Roscommon tomorrow after being sidelined with a broken arm for four months.

The Irish jockey sustained the injury in a fall from Celestial Halo in the Aintree Hurdle at Liverpool on Grand National day in April.

Sunday Independent

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