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Oaks winner Talent retired

Last year's Investec Oaks winner Talent has been retired following her fifth to Tapestry in the Yorkshire Oaks.

The Ralph Beckett-trained filly enjoyed her finest hour when beating stablemate Secret Gesture at Epsom under Richard Hughes.

Last of seven in the Irish equivalent, the daughter of New Approach bounced back to find only Leading Light too good in the Ladbrokes St Leger and was third at Ascot on Champions Day.

Beckett told his website, www.rbeckett.com: "It has been decided to retire Talent. She gave us the best day of our training career when winning the Oaks last year and she ran right up to her best when running second in the St Leger three months later.

"But it became obvious that she is not the same filly this year and so it became clear that the best thing to do was to retire her.

"She will return to Ashbrittle Stud where she was bred and be covered next spring. We will miss her, but with luck we can look forward to training her progeny."

Secret Gesture was third to Ribbons in the Group One Prix Jean Romanet on Sunday, and Beckett added: "Secret Gesture ran a fine race yon ground that patently didn't suit her. We are discussing plans for her for the autumn."