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Beckett ponders Secret options

Trainer Ralph Beckett is weighing up the next plan of attack with Secret Gesture following another excellent effort in defeat at York on Saturday.

Runner-up behind stable companion Talent in last year's Investec Oaks at Epsom, Secret Gesture went on to be placed in the German Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks before the end of her three-year-old campaign.

She has continued in a similarly consistent vein of form this season, filling the runner-up spot in the Middleton Stakes and winning a Listed prize at Nottingham before her neck defeat in the Skybet York Stakes at the weekend.

Beckett said: "She has come out of the race better than I could have hoped. It was a really brave effort and she didn't leave anything behind.

"I thought she showed huge tenacity, she put it all in and it was a great run.

"We'll see how things work out from here. She has plenty of entries and we haven't made any definite plans.

"You'd like to think her turn will come, but it doesn't always work out like that."

Beckett also confirmed Talent is likely to be in action at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday, although her target has not yet been decided.

The four-year-old, who was last seen finishing third in the Lancashire Oaks, could run in either the Artemis Goodwood Cup or the Sterling Insurance Lillie Langtry Stakes.

Beckett said: "She's in good form and she'll run in one of the races, all being well.

"We'll see how the races are shaping up at declaration time and make a decision."