Oaks the target for Manuela De Vega after pleasing Chester run

Sun 12 May 2019

Ralph Beckett hopes Manuela De Vega can build on her effort at Chester and give him a third victory in the Investec Oaks.

The daughter of Lope De Vega will head to the Epsom Classic, which the Kimpton handler won in 2008 with Look Here and Talent in 2013, after finishing second on her seasonal return in the Cheshire Oaks.

Having just her third racecourse outing, Beckett’s charge had to give best to impressive winner Mehdaayih, who also looks set for Epsom.

Manuela De Vega in winning action at Pontefract last year

Beckett said: “I was really pleased with her. She was not ready to run if we had raced last week and has just come ready now.

“With the penalty we had to give away and the fact the winner got first run on us, she ran well, although I’m not trying to make excuses.

“We wanted that race to be a trial for the rest of the year and she will go to the Oaks now.”

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