Seventh Heaven and Seamie Heffernan winning the Irish Oaks
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By Richard Birch 6:25PM 12 AUG 2016
AIDAN O’BRIEN could be two-handed in Thursday’s Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks with Seventh Heaven and Even Song.
The former landed the Irish Oaks at the Curragh on her most recent start last month, and the trainer said: “The plan is to run Seventh Heaven and possibly Even Song in the Yorkshire Oaks. Found is left in the race, but we haven’t made a definite plan for her yet.”
O’Brien is poised to have several runners on the Knavesmire over the four days, but it remains unlikely US Army Ranger, who is entered in Wednesday’s Juddmonte International Stakes, will be among them.
“We haven’t decided yet whether US Army Ranger will go to York for the Juddmonte International,” O’Brien said. “At this stage it’s probably more likely that he he’ll wait for the Royal Whip at the Curragh next Sunday.”
The trainer added: “Roly Poly will run in the Lowther and the Albany Stakes winner, Brave Anna, is also a possible, although we might keep her for the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.”
Eva set fair for York
Unbeaten Frankel filly Fair Eva is firmly on course for the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes after impressively landing Ascot’s Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes last month.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Fair Eva’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “The plan is for Pat Smullen to ride her, subject to availability. She’s in great order and I went down to see her at Roger Charlton’s last week and they’re all pleased with her. I’m looking forward to it, and it would be lovely to see a Frankel win at York.”
Sir Michael Stoute will send a typically powerful team to York, headed by Exosphere in the Juddmonte International.
“We are putting Exosphere back at a mile and a quarter and hopefully it will suit him,” Stoute said. “It’s a tough race, but we are going to throw our hat into the ring.”
Limato Nunthorpe decision close
Henry Candy will make a decision on whether to supplement Limato for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes by noon on Saturday.
The July Cup winner has recovered from the bruised foot which held up his training since Newmarket and worked on Friday morning.
The Celebration Mile at Goodwood has been nominated as a potential alternative should connections decide not to pay the £30,000 supplementary fee for York.
The going at York is currently described as good to firm, with dry weather forecast over the next few days.