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Emirates Queen - Haydock 06.07.13

Emirates Queen: one of 14 runners remaining in the Yorkshire Oaks

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Queen seeks second crown in Yorkshire Oaks

EMIRATES QUEEN will bid to complete the Lancashire Oaks/Yorkshire Oaks double after being supplemented for next Thursday's highlight at York.

Trained by Luca Cumani for owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, Emirates Queen was one of 14 high-class fillies and mares left in the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks over 1m4f.

Her potential rivals include Oaks one-two Talent and Secret Gesture, Irish Oaks runner-up Venus de Milo - an impressive winner of a Group 3 on her last start - The Fugue, second at York last year, and the Lady Cecil-trained duo Riposte and Wild Coco.

While the Yorkshire Oaks is the glittering jewel on York's card next week, the Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes features potential stars of the future headed by Group 2 Duchess of Cambridgeshire Stakes winner Lucky Kristale.

She is one of ten juveniles remaining in the 6f Group 2 alongside Albany Stakes second Sandiva, who is declared to run at Deauville on Saturday, striking nursery winner J Wonder and the well-regarded Queen Catrine.

Albany winner Kiyoshi, Frankel's half-sister Joyeuse and leading Qipco 1,000 Guineas contender Tapestry were among the runners withdrawn from the race.

Reroute is a possible contender for the Lowther having been left in the race although she is also one of 74 two-year-olds remaining in the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes.

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