Dancing defects from Yorkshire Oaks

William Haggas has ruled star filly Dancing Rain out of next Thursday’s Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

William Haggas has ruled star filly Dancing Rain out of next Thursday’s Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

The four-year-old enjoyed a stellar Classic campaign, winning the Investec Oaks at Epsom, the German Oaks and the Qipco British Champions Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes at Ascot.

She was due to make her belated seasonal reappearance on the Knavesmire next week but Haggas feels his charge is not yet ready to make her comeback.

“I’m afraid she won’t be going to York as we’re just not happy with her,” said the Newmarket handler.

“It’s not bad, but there’s something we’re just not happy with and we’ve got to regroup.

“I’m not certain where we’ll go next. I think the logical next step will be the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in the middle of October.”

Nassau Stakes heroine The Fugue is one of 11 confirmations for the Yorkshire Oaks next Thursday.

John Gosden’s filly, who was a luckless third in the Investec Oaks at Epsom earlier in the campaign, deservedly struck at Group One level with a superb performance at Glorious Goodwood.

She is one of six three-year-old entries for the mile-and-a-half test, with Hughie Morrison responsible for Coquet and Shirocco Star.

The other members of the Classic generation are the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Was and Twirl and Salford Art from the David Elsworth yard.

Sir Henry Cecil’s Wild Coco is set for a significant step up in grade after winning a Group Three at Goodwood on her first start in the best part of a year.

Roger Varian could saddle the talented Shimmering Surf, while Bible Belt and Shareta are potential challengers for Ireland and France respectively.

Snow Fairy completes the confirmations, but she is set to run at Deauville this weekend.

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