Volume aimed at Yorkshire Oaks
Last Updated: 26/07/14 12:05pm
Volume: Yorkshire Oaks the aim
Next month's Darley Yorkshire Oaks remains the most likely next port of call for Volume following her excellent run in defeat in Ireland last weekend.
A fine third in the Investec Oaks at Epsom in early June, the three-year-old caused quite a stir prior to her appearance in the Irish equivalent after she was found to be wearing special shoes forbidden to be used under Irish racing Rules.
Luca Cumani's filly had be replated in the saddling boxes, leading to a 20-minute delay, but performed admirably when the race did eventually get under way to pick up minor honours in third once again.
Writing on his website, www.lucacumani.com, the trainer said: "Unfortunately we weren't able to win the Irish Oaks at the Curragh last weekend but our filly, Volume, ran a fantastic race, in all likelihood, improving a little on her Epsom form once again attempting pillar-to-post tactics.
"The plan now for Volume is to go next for the Yorkshire Oaks, assuming of course she comes out of her Curragh experience in good form, followed by the Prix Vermeille and the QIPCO Fillies and Mares Stakes on Champions Day.
"Theoretically, Ascot among those three tracks should suit her best with its short straight, but she seems more effective on a right lead than a left lead and it was noticeable at the Curragh that she started staying on again when she changed leads again inside the last furlong.
"A left-handed track with a short straight would be her ideal scenario!"
Volume's stable companions Postponed and Sir Walter Scott are also bound for York's Ebor meeting.
Postponed is set for the Great Voltigeur after an impressive victory in last week's Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton, while Sir Walter Scott is being aimed for the Ebor itself following an encouraging return to action when sixth in last Saturday's Doom Bar Stakes at Newbury.
Cumani said: "Postponed's victory in the Glasgow Stakes was extremely pleasing as he showed - not before time - that he can replicate his explosive homework on the racecourse.
"It wasn't the strongest contest but the manner in which he settled the issue once hitting the rising ground was very impressive and he had a fair bit in hand at the finish.
"He'll go straight to the Great Volteigeur at York where the longer trip, flat track and long straight should all combine to bring about more improvement. We don't see him as a St Leger runner.
"It was good to get Sir Walter Scott out on the racecourse at long last and he shaped with a bit of encouragement in staying on over a trip that we were fairly certain was going to be on the short side for him.
"He had a provisional BHA rating of 103 going into the race, which has since dropped to 100, and the plan with him is to go straight to the Ebor."