John Gosden: has an excellent record in the Lancashire Oaks
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By Richard Birch 8:50AM 2 JUL 2016
JOHN GOSDEN has won the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks three times in the last five years courtesy of Pomology (2014), Great Heavens (2012) and Gertrude Bell (2011), and six times in all.
Gosden is doubly represented in this year’s renewal with Furia Cruzada and Lady Of Camelot and the trainer believes that both fillies hold each-way chances.
South American import Furia Cruzada is the better-fancied of the pair in the betting at a top price of 6-1, while the lightly-raced Lady Of Camelot, who beat subsequent Ribblesdale Stakes runner-up Ajman Princess at Leicester, can be backed at 8-1.
Regarding the prospects of his two fillies, Gosden said: “There aren’t a lot of options for these older fillies, but they’re both after some black type.
“We know plenty about Furia Cruzada as she ran well at Royal Ascot and is stepping up in trip. Lady Of Camelot’s form is stacking up well and she’ll like the trip. Both go there with each-way chances.”
First start of the season
The 7-2 market leader is Godolphin’s Endless Time, who progressed well as a three-year-old last year, signing off for the season with a convincing win at Listed level at Naas in October.
She hasn’t been sighted in competitive action since that taking victory but trainer Charlie Appleby is expecting a big effort on her return.
He said: “Endless Time has wintered well from three to four and we’ve purposely taken our time with her. Soft ground suits so her training has been geared towards the second half of the season. She’s in very good order.”
German trainer Peter Schiergen, who is arguably best known in Britain for training Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream, saddles Nightflower, who won the Group 1 Preis Von Europa in Cologne last season and escapes a penalty for that success.
Schiergen said: “I’m flying over with the owners and we’re hopeful of a big run. She has no penalty for her Group 1 win last September and is meeting lower-rated fillies at level weights.
“She’s in good form and you can forget her last run at Baden-Baden, where everything was against her and she was badly hampered.”
There was bad news for each-way punters as three non-runners whittled the field down to seven runners, meaning that the place terms have been reduced to two.
Abingdon, who was declared a non-runner early on Friday due to the testing conditions, has been joined in missing the race by Lustrous and Miss Marjurie.