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Friday 15 December 2017

Irish Oaks off Valyra agenda

JEAN-CLAUDE Rouget has ruled out supplementing his unbeaten French Oaks heroine Valyra for the Darley-sponsored Irish equivalent at the Curragh next month.

The three-year-old was the outsider of three Aga Khan runners in the Prix de Diane, but produced an impressive performance in the hands of Johnny Murtagh to beat the previously unbeaten Beauty Parlour readily.

Valyra has now won each of her three starts and Rouget is considering the next plan of attack, but she will not be lining up in Ireland on July 22.

"She is fine, I am very happy with her. I don't know yet where she will run next," said Rouget.

"She will stay in France, but I don't know which race she will go for.

"I was very pleased with her at Chantilly. She was very impressive."

Dylanbaru has a choice of engagements following his creditable effort in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Tommy Stack's consistent two-year-old finished with a flourish to snatch third place on the line, just a length behind the winner Hototo.

Dylanbaru, who was a close fourth to Dawn Approach in the first two-year-old race of the season, may stick to the minimum trip for his next race, should he go for the Listed Tipperary Stakes on July 14.

If not, the son of Footstepsinthesand will tackle six furlongs for the first time in the Group Three Jebel Ali Stables Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh on July 22.

"He came out of Ascot well. He only lost four kilos with the travelling and the race, so we couldn't be happier with him," said Fozzy Stack, the trainer's son and assistant.

"There's a five-furlong Listed race in Tipperary on July 14 or he might run in the Anglesey.

"That's where we might step him up in trip."

Sole Power will be prepared for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York following his fine third in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Eddie Lynam's sprinter is enjoying a midsummer break before he bids to regain his Nunthorpe crown on August 24.

Sole Power won the race as a 100-1 shot two years ago.

Lynam said: "He took the race very well and he is just having a nice break out in the field.

"He ran very well at Ascot. I was worried beforehand that he wouldn't handle the ground as he's a horse who loves to hear his hooves rattle.

"But Johnny (Murtagh) said he handled it well and there wouldn't be any excuses on the day.

"The plan would be to freshen him up and go straight to the Nunthorpe if we get any sort of good weather at all between now and then."

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