Loving leads Ribblesdale contenders

Vodafone Oaks third All My Loving is among 15 fillies left in Wednesday’s Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot at the confirmation stage.

Vodafone Oaks third All My Loving is among 15 fillies left in Wednesday’s Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot at the confirmation stage.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge, who finished four-and-a-half lengths behind Light Shift at Epsom, is the only Irish-trained runner to stand their ground in the Group Two contest over a mile and a half.

Light Shift’s trainer Henry Cecil relies on Brisk Breeze while Baroness Richter, trained by Jean Claude Rouget, is the sole French acceptor.

There is one supplementary entry, the Luca Cumani-trained Cosmodrome, winner of both her starts.

Ed Dunlop’s Dalvina, well-beaten in the Oaks but winner of Newmarket’s Pretty Polly Stakes, could try again.

Michael Stoute has two possibles in Shorthand and Lost In Wonder while Hanging On and Marzelline represent Walter Swinburn.

The other acceptors are Silkwood, Silver Pivotal, Fiumicino, Party, Majounes Song and Fascinatin Rhythm.

Michael Jarvis is looking for a big run from Silkwood, as long as she gets the trip.

“We dearly wanted to run her in the Oaks but she is very much a fast ground filly,” said Jarvis.

“On Oaks day it was still on the soft side so we thought it would be best if we could hang on to her and hope it stays dry until Thursday.

“She’s a lovely filly and she’s beautifully bred but the question mark would be whether she will truly stay the trip.

“She’s from Miesque’s family on the dam side, very much a family of milers, but we are hoping that Singspiel will put the stamina into her.

“If she does get the trip, I’m pretty sure she will run a big race,” he told At The Races.

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