Gesture team mull Autumn targets
David Redvers is confident Secret Gesture will secure a Group One prize soon following her fine run in the Yorkshire Oaks.
David Redvers is confident it is only a matter of time before Secret Gesture secures a Group One prize following another fine effort in defeat in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Since her breathtaking performance in the Lingfield Oaks Trial in May, the Ralph Beckett-trained filly has finished second in both the Oaks at Epsom and the German equivalent and was far from disgraced in finishing third at York on Thursday.
The three-year-old is likely to be given a short break before connections discuss plans for the rest of the campaign, but Redvers, racing manager for owner Qatar Racing, has confirmed she will stay in training next season.
He said: "I thought she ran a very good race. She got squeezed for room and had every excuse to throw the towel in, but when the gap came she flew.
"The other thing is I wonder is if the ground was a fraction quick for her. She is a lovely moving filly, but she changed her legs once or twice and it was very fast on Thursday.
"I think there is a Group One race in her and hopefully that will come sooner rather than later.
"I think for the immediate future she'll have a little break and we'll regroup and look at everything after that.
"There is the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp (October 6) and the Qipco British Champions Fillies And Mares' Stakes at Ascot (October 19), so we'll see.
"Short of soundness issues, she'll definitely stay in training next year."
Another horse to carry the Qatar silks with distinction at York on Thursday was
Turning out just six days after a Listed triumph at Newbury, David Brown's juvenile filly finished an excellent third behind the exciting Lucky Kristale in the Group Two Lowther Stakes.
"She ran a very good race just a week after winning the St Hugh's Stakes, we were very happy with her," said Redvers.
"We actually bred the winner and I think she is very good. There was nothing between us and the second, but we were beaten by a better filly on the day in the winner.
"We could possibly drop our filly back to five furlongs for her next run. Something like the Flying Childers at Doncaster (September 13) would be a definite possibility."