York

  • 15:40 Darley Yorkshire Oaks 1m 4f

  • Winner £200,895 2nd £76,164 3rd £38,117 4th £18,988
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 28.29s
  • Off time: 15:40:52
15:40 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Fugue 2/1
2nd Venus de Milo (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 275-613 Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap Emirates Queen 12
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-7 L M Cumani Andrea Atzeni 109 12/113.00
2 (5) 213120 Light Blue, Yellow spots, armlets and diamond on cap Moment In Time (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-7 D M Simcock Jim Crowley 108 28/129.00
3 (6) 2123-37 Pink, Grey sash The Fugue 47
Nag meCourse Winner
4 9-7 J H M Gosden William Buick 116 2/13.00
5 (8) 2115 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Riposte 33
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
3 8-11 Lady Cecil T P Queally 112 5/16.00
6 (2) 124134 White, emerald green hoops, white sleeves and cap Scintillula (IRE) 11
Nag me
3 8-11 t J S Bolger K J Manning 114 16/117.00
7 (7) 21-122 Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Secret Gesture 18
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 8-11 R M Beckett J P Spencer 108 6/17.00
8 (4) 1121 Dark Blue Venus de Milo (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-11 A P O'Brien R L Moore 114 9/43.25
Non runners
4 (1)158/11-1Wild Coco (GER)59-7Lady CecilT P Queally113

Verdict

Venus de Milo didn't need to be at her best to pick up a Group 3 last time. The Ballydoyle filly was more impressive when runner-up in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh before that with Scintillula and Riposte not far behind. However, that form has already taken a knock and the English version isn't working out any better as Secret Gesture, runner-up in the Oaks at Epsom, has since been beaten in what looked a modest Group 1 event in Germany. Tom Queally prefers Wild Coco to Riposte though the former is unproven at this level and Lancashire Oaks winner Emirates Queen also steps up in class. The latter just got the better of Moment In Time at Haydock but both have been beaten since and Group 1 winner THE FUGUE looks the safest bet. Narrowly beaten in last year's renewal, she's been unfortunate to come up against Al Kazeem in both outings so far this season but is fancied to bounce back and land the spoils today.