Found: has had a busy season
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By Richard Forristal 7:08AM 18 AUG 2016
Preview: York, Thursday
Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f, f/m, 3yo+
FOUND and Seventh Heaven head a quartet of Ballydoyle contenders trying to give Aidan O’Brien his fourth Yorkshire Oaks success.
After a gruelling autumn campaign that culminated in a famous defeat of Golden Horn in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Found has again been busy this year. However, since winning a Group 3 at the Curragh in May, she has since come up marginally short in three Group 1s, latterly getting overhauled by My Dream Boat in dramatic style in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Previously second to Postponed in the Coronation Cup, Found is returning to a mile and a half here. She will be encountering ground with the word ‘firm’ in the description for the first time since Ervedya got the better of her in last year’s Coronation Stakes, 11 starts back.
“The plan was to bring Found back from her break in the Royal Whip at the Curragh on Sunday, but that changed as US Army Ranger is going there,” O’Brien said. “We need to get a run into her and, while she’s in good form, we expect her to improve a good bit from the run.”
Each of O’Brien’s three winners of this contest were three-year-olds, as are Seventh Heaven, her Ribblesdale-winning stablemate Even Song and Pretty Perfect.
Even Song and Pretty Perfect underperformed in the Irish Oaks behind Seventh Heaven, who had an experience to forget when beaten 33 lengths by Minding at Epsom.
At the Curragh, she returned to the sort of form that had seen her thwart Architecture in the Lingfield trial by reasserting her superiority over the Epsom runner-up. She will be encountering proper fast ground for the first time and has scope to keep progressing.
“Seventh Heaven came out of her Irish Oaks win well,” O’Brien said. “We’re happy with her and this looked the obvious race.
“Even Song was disappointing in the Irish Oaks but came out of the race fine and we’re happy with her.”