Oaks flop Aviate supplemented into Blandford field

AVIATE has been supplemented for the Group Two www.thetote.com Blandford Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Henry Cecil-trained filly is one of 20 entries for the Group Two feature over a mile and a quarter.

She would be taking a drop in trip after failing to stay when seventh in the Investec Oaks at Epsom on her latest start in which the Musidora winner lost her unbeaten record.

Aviate is one of eight overseas possibles along with Alsace Lorraine, Bikini Babe, Contredanse, Eleanora Duse, Gallic Star, High Heeled and Epsom Oaks runner-up Meeznah.

The home challenge, meanwhile, is headed by Lush Lashes, Obama Rule, Duchess Of Foxland, Precious Gem and She’s Our Mark.

Meanwhile David Marnane has warned he will not risk either Dandy Boy or Santo Padre this weekend should there be plenty of cut in the ground at the Curragh.

Santo Padre holds an entry in the Renaissance Stakes while Dandy Boy is in the Jack & Jill Solonaway Stakes.

However, the County Tipperary trainer does have alternative engagements to both Group Three contests for the pair should more rain fall on the County Kildare course before the weekend. “They are on course, but the weather is going to be an issue,” said Marnane. “We’ve had a lot of rain and the ground on the straight course is yielding and good to yielding on the round course.

“They’ve had a drop more rain this morning so I’d have to be a bit wary about the ground.

“I wouldn’t want to run either of them on heavy or soft ground, but we do have other options for them.

“Dandy Boy might go to Sandown tomorrow week for the Fortune Stakes and then he might be given a break and aimed at Dubai.

“Santo Padre is in the Renaissance Stakes, but to be honest he’s in the Group Two Diadem Stakes at Ascot on September 26 so we might wait for that if it’s decent ground. He’s coming off a very good run and I wouldn’t like him to run on soft ground either.”


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