Saffron Beach could be aimed at Oaks tilt

Connections for 1000 Guineas runner-up Saffron Beach are mulling over whether to run the filly in the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom in June.

The near-miss in one of the season's Classic races has trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam's filly in the mix for several top races including the Coronation Stakes, Irish Guineas and Pretty Polly Stakes.

"I suppose we felt every emotion - delighted with how she ran, but gutted to come so close to winning a Classic," said Chapple-Hyam.

"The owners are now making a decision whether they want to run her in the Oaks or not.

"When they were pulling up as they go up the hill, she was full of it. She certainly stayed every yard of the mile. You could nearly say she was first off the bridle because she wanted further."

Saffron Beach has shown in her short career to date that she is adaptable to conditions as well as distance.

"She's a filly who is versatile on all goings," added her trainer.

"She won the Oh So Sharp on soft, and handled fast ground on Sunday. That opens up going abroad with her, because you're not worried whether it's going to rain or not, which is a big plus.

"She's so uncomplicated, so genuine - and it looks exciting times for her stallion, New Bay. Her pedigree says a mile, to be fair, but New Bay won a French Derby and was third in an Arc.

"We're not in the Prix Diane - with Covid and Brexit, there's enough headaches.

"So she's in the Oaks, the Coronation and also the Pretty Polly at the Curragh over 10 furlongs - so we've got all distances covered. She's also in the Irish Guineas, so it's up to the owners where they want to go - and I'll get her ready for it."

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