Venus De Milo: looked a different class to her rivalsPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Venus De Milo to skip York for Vermeille bid
Report: Cork, Tuesday
Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Give Thank Stakes (Group 3), 1m4f, 3yo+ fillies
VENUS DE MILO looks set to bypass the Yorkshire Oaks and will instead go for the Prix Vermeille as the Irish Oaks runner-up made it three wins from four starts with a comfortable win.
The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade was sent off the 1-4 favourite to bounce back to winning ways after her troublesome path in the Irish Oaks last time and it was basically a case of the further she went the further clear of her pursuers she stretched.
Joseph O'Brien put up 1lb overweight on Venus De Milo but that mattered not a jot as she made virtually all the running under him before scooting clear in the final furlong to win by three-and-a-half-lengths from Bunairgead.
With none of her rivals keen to go on, O'Brien decided to take it up early on board the favourite and she bowled along seemingly happily at the head of affairs. Although late on she did show a sign of greeness, Venus De Milo's backers never really had anything to worry about as she was in a different class to her rivals.
Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "She's an improving filly and this was an important race for her. Joseph said that making the running wasn't ideal as she was doing plenty in front. But at the same time, you never know when these sort of races can get messy."
Venus De Milo has an entry in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks later in the month but her trainer suggested she was unlikely to head there.
"She might mature into a really nice mare as she's big and strong," he continued. "She's come a long way in a short space of time. The plan was to come here for this and then go for the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp so that's the way we'll go with her now. I've been thrilled with her since the Irish Oaks."
Venus De Milo is the second beaten horse to come out of the Irish Oaks and win a Group race after Scintillula, fourth home in that race, subsequently claimed the notable scalp of Mars.