David Wachman: Oaks trip to suit Legatissimo

David Wachman is looking forward to Legatissimo having a stiffer stamina test when she bids to add the Investec Oaks to her Qipco 1000 Guineas success at Epsom on June 5.

The filly aims to become the first since Kazzia in 2002 to complete the 1000 Guineas-Oaks double and Wachman believes it was her staying qualities that helped her win the day at Newmarket.

Speaking at the Breakfast With The Stars morning at the Surrey course yesterday, the County Tipperary-based handler said: “She seems very well and we are happy with her as she has done nothing wrong.

“She has only done two or three bits of work and we are very happy with her.

“A mile is a short as she would ever go as a true-run mile sees her stamina come into it.

“We have always liked her a lot. Last year she was quite big and tall and we hoped she would maybe turn into a nice filly.

“She has definitely got stronger since her win at Newmarket.”

Legatissimo is ante-post favourite and her main market rival is Crystal Zvezda, who has attracted plenty of support since running out an impressive winner of a Listed contest at Newbury.

Trainer Michael Stoute hopes to have a jockey booked for her as Ryan Moore, who won on her at Newbury, will be aboard Legatissimo at Epsom.

“We had a look Crystal Zvezda after Newbury and we are happy with her so she will go for the Oaks,” said the Newmarket trainer. She has taken a long time to come to hand this spring, but a week before the race at Newbury she showed a real sparkle.

“We have always liked her and she is a wonderful specimen. We are now going to work on getting her a rider and hopefully have that organised in the next day or two.”


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