Qatar buy into Oaks favourite

Qatar buy into Oaks favourite

Qatar Racing Ltd has bought a half-share in leading Investec Oaks candidate Secret Gesture ahead of the Classic at Epsom on Friday.

The promising filly will stay with Ralph Beckett, who already has a win in the Oaks to his name with Look Here in 2008.

Qatar Racing is the brainchild of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and the organisation enjoyed its first Classic success on Sunday when Just The Judge landed the Irish 1,000 Guineas for Charlie Hills.

Secret Gesture was an impressive winner of the Lingfield Oaks Trial and is currently favourite to give Beckett another win in the race.

David Redvers, the owner’s racing manager, said: “She absolutely stays with Ralph.

“We’ve bought a 50% share and Newsells Park Stud will retain the other 50%.

“Nothing else will change apart from she will run in our colours.

“She looks to have a big future, she was very impressive at Lingfield so you’d think that she will handle Epsom OK.

“She’s not too dissimilar to Ralph’s other Oaks winner, so hopefully we’ll have the same result.”

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