Grand Dame targets big run in Oaks Farm Stables Fillies’ Stakes at York

There's some fine fillies on display in the Oaks Farm Stables Fillies' Stakes at York on Friday, May 13. Grand Dame is looking to put in a Royal Ascot worthy show for John and Thady Gosden.

Flying fillies will put lofty aspirations to the test in the Oaks Farm Stables Fillies' Stakes at York on Friday.

Leading the market is John and Thady Gosden's Grande Dame who has a Coronation Stakes entry at Royal Ascot but didn't run as a two-year-old so is making up for lost time.

The Lope De Vega filly did win comfortably on debut at Ascot though last month so there is method to the bookies installing her as market leader at York under Frankie Dettori.

William Haggas' Perfect News also has an entry in the one mile Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes and comes to York on the back of a fourth in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket.

Perfect News does have strong breeding, being sired by none other than Frankel and can look back at a win in the Jersey Lily at Newmarket as a source of hope.

"I was a bit disappointed with her in the Nell Gwyn, to be honest. I thought her run was a bit lacklustre. She stayed on, but I would hope she will be a bit sharper for that," said trainer Haggas.

"She goes up in trip, but I hope she is a little bit sharper than she was last time."

Karl Burke's Honey Sweet is an interesting outsider with none of the big-time entries of the likes of Grand Dame but some reasonable form to take to York including a win at Deauville in the Prix Zeddaan.

Burke said: "She looks on her runs over seven (furlongs) that she'll get an extra furlong. It's an easy flat track and even though it's a bit of a punt to see, it looks a nice opportunity to pick up some more black type at least.

"It's a little bit of an experiment, but it's close to home, she's in good form and has come out of Newmarket well, so we'll let her take her chance."

The Oaks Farm Stables Fillies' Stakes takes place at York racecourse on Friday, May 13. The listed race is run over a mile on the Knavesmire and is worth £36,862 to the winner. The race is live on ITV 4 and starts at 14.25.

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