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SAFFRON BEACH

Owner – Lucy Sangster, James Wigan & Ollie Sangster

Trainer – Jane Chapple-Hyam

saffron beach ii at the oaks

The trainer told reporters, ‘She was nice and relaxed. She was on the right lead and you would have to be happy with that. Getting her relaxed was the main thing. She gets her neck down low and stretches out and I was pleased to see that. It was very important she was on the correct lead leg as when they turn into the straight there is a camber, and it takes them down to the far rail and you have to be aware of that. She did it on soft ground in the Oh So Sharp but I’d imagine we have got a couple of more days of bad rain, then it should start drying out. I think she will get the trip, as does Adam [Kirby]. Her exercise rider thinks she will get it and her owners thinks she will get it. We are all in the same boat.

‘We are confident she will get the mile and a quarter it is just that extra two furlongs is unknown, but we believe she will settle and race through it. Her breeding suggests she has to do to get the trip, but all animals are different and she is strong and powerful and relaxed and well balanced. We are just here to give it a go. I think the owners were right to look at all the trials and not rush a decision, then they made their decision on Friday, so I’m pleased that we sat and waited. Like anything you sleep on it and wake up the morning and think different. Well, they had a good week’s sleep on it and I think they have made the right decision’.

‘She has put on six kilograms and I’m thrilled with that as coming here today would tighten her up a little bit so that has got to be good. Her character when she gets on a racetrack, she is just bold and strong and she just runs to the line. She was well worth the wait as she wasn’t rushed as a two-year-old to run. She has only had four runs under her belt so she is lightly raced coming into this. She has got a good mind and good legs. 

‘The race and the other horses won’t bother her, it will be the crowds as she has never seen a crowd. That is what we have got to contend with. I will probably put a red hood on her until the start just because she hasn’t seen a crowd. The way to dot the I’s and cross the T’s is to keep the lid on her as she is strong to lead up. We will put the hood on her. She has practised with the hood at home but I didn’t put it on her today as I wanted her to suck in all the atmosphere of what we have got today as you have got the odd dog walker and jogger. I think she has taken it well. It was important to come here today to see how she took the travelling as she has only ever travelled three miles up the road for each of her races so far which have all been at the Rowley Mile’. Best Priced 12/1

OCEAN ROAD

Owner – Qatar Racing Limited

Trainer – Hugo Palmer

Her trainer said, ‘She ran at Lingfield and she was balanced there. She has handled the hill well here. She just took a little look at the road crossing and Oisin [Murphy] just had to give her a squeeze into Tattenham Corner but she has run to the line and every yard she has gone the better she has gone which is great. It is very soft ground here today and I think she would be better on better ground, but she has relished that. She seems to me to be doing what three-year-old fillies can do at this time of year which is improve very rapidly. She seems to be getting better and better with every week and you do not know where their limits are going to be. She needs to find 20lbs on what she did at Lingfield to win an average Oaks but sometimes that is the sort of thing can happen and that is what we are dreaming might happen.

‘She is an utterly beautiful filly to look at. She is exceptionally balanced and has beautiful depth. She really is a gorgeous filly. She is a half-sister to a dual Group One winner over a mile and a half in Wigmore Hall and she is by a Derby winner. When you have got all those things there this is the dream you are dreaming of right from the start. I am always a glass half full kind of person and I try and dream what is the best a horse can be, then we go to Plan B to Z after Plan A has not worked.

‘She was slowly away from an inside draw which was less than ideal at Lingfield and it meant that Oisin had to sit last off a very slow pace. Oisin made his move early in the hope he would give the filly time to get there. She got there in four strides which caught him by surprise. She rather used her winning kick on ground softer than ideal, then just didn’t quite get home that day. It’s not that I don’t think she will stay as I think she will stay very well. It is always annoying when you pass the whole field and do not win. She is a very green filly and that was only her third run in her life jumping straight into stakes company. She has got a lot to learn but I hope that she has learnt and I hope that she has improved. Her work last week was very pleasing, and I was pleased with what I saw there.’ Best Priced 50/1

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