Bright Approach a Cheshire Oaks candidate
One man that has seemingly found the vital components to winning at the track is trainer Aidan O’Brien. The Ballydoyle resident has been a dominant force in the Cheshire Oaks in recent years, with victories for Wonder of Wonders, Perfect Truth and Sail giving him a solid record of three wins in the race since 2008.
Represented this year by Terrific, the three-year-old comes into this year’s renewal on the back of a positive effort in a fillies Listed event at Navan. The daughter of Galileo finished just under two lengths behind stablemate Dazzling, keeping on well inside the final furlong which suggests that the extra distance she will get at Chester will suit.
That run at Navan was her first outing of the season and her first try beyond a mile on a racetrack, so you would have to expect her to improve a good deal from that effort. With the form of that race being franked kindly since – I’m Yours who finished fourth has since easily won a Listed event at Gowran Park – she looks sure to go well but for me there is a more likely candidate.
The selection though is Bright Approach, who has only been to the racecourse once, but the form of her maiden win at Newbury last month looks to give her solid claims of winning this Listed event on just her second start.
John Gosden is no stranger to this race and followed his win with Gertrude Bell in 2010 with a good second by Gertrude Verse in last year’s renewal. The team would have been disappointed with the defeat of Kingman in the 2000 Guineas at the weekend but they have been in glittering form this season.
Bright Approach – 5/2 available with Paddy Power.
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