Gesture plan still not final

Ralph Beckett continues to mull over the next port of call for Secret Gesture after she took second place behind stablemate Talent in the Investec Oaks.

Gesture plan still not final

Ralph Beckett continues to mull over the next port of call for Secret Gesture after she took second place behind stablemate Talent in the Investec Oaks.

While the latter is likely to go for the Darley Irish Oaks on July 20, the fillies’ Classic at the Curragh is only a possibility for Secret Gesture.

The Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood (August 3) and the German Oaks (Preis der Diana) a day later at Dusseldorf, over a mile and two and a mile and three furlongs respectively, are other races Beckett is considering for Secret Gesture.

“Talent will go Ireland if all’s well and about Secret Gesture I don’t know yet,” the Kimpton trainer told At The Races.

“There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge yet. It is still possible she could run in Ireland, but I think dropping her back to 10 furlongs for the Nassau wouldn’t be a bad idea.

“I’m sure she gets a mile and a half but it’s quite a brutal mile and a half at the Curragh. She had a hard race at Epsom and she has come out of it very well but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make life a little easier for her.

“She could go there. She could go to Germany, that’s a very valuable race the German Oaks. It’s possible she could go there as well.”

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