Secret Gesture: finished runner-up in an Oaks for the second timePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Secret Gesture finds one too good in Oaks
Report: Germany, Sunday
Dusseldorf, Henkel-Preis Der Diana (Group 1), 1m3f, 3yo fillies
SECRET GESTURE had to settle for the runner-up spot in an Oaks for the second time as she filled the same position in the German equivalent as she did at Epsom.
While on the last day of May it was her lesser-fancied stablemate Talent who got the better of her, it was another outsider who the Ralph Beckett-trained filly failed to master here, as Penelopa scored under a jubilant Eduardo Pedroza.
Sent off a 16-1 chance, Penelopa, who is trained by Bulgarian-born Miltcho Mintchev, came into this off the back of a Listed race third over the course and distance last time out.
That experience of the tight track seemed to stand her in good stead as she whizzed up the inside under Pedroza to get past Secret Gesture, who had come under pressure to mount her challenge in the final furlong.
"This is a really nice filly," said the winning trainer. "I´ve always maintained that, but she was very unlucky on her two previous starts this season. Luck was on our side today, as she got a perfect run up the inside.
"I´ll have to thínk what to do with her next, but the Prix Vermeille would be the obvious race."
Beckett was also pleased with the outcome. "I am very happy with that," he said, "everything was in her favour today and she ran a great race, but we were beaten by a better horse on the day.
"We have no excuses, but she´s been runner-up in two Oaks now and we shall look for another suitable opportunity."
Another outsider, 50-1 chance Adoya, narrowly missed out on heading Secret Gesture for second place on the line.