Venus De Milo was set for a break but will now line up in the Yorkshire OaksPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
York date for Venus after impressing at home
VENUS DE MILO, extremely impressive winner of a Group 3 at Cork 13 days ago and previously a fine second to Chicquita in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, will bid to give Aidan O'Brien a third Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday.
Revealing his plans for the four-day Ebor meeting, which begins on Wednesday, the Ballydoyle trainer admitted that running Venus De Milo against the likes of older fillies and mares, such as Wild Coco, The Fugue and Emirates Queen, is something of a turnaround in thinking.
"The original plan was to give her a break and go to the Prix Vermeille," said O'Brien. "But after the Curragh she thrived and really went the right way. We kept her in full work and have been happy with her since."
O'Brien, who won the Darley-sponsored Group 1 in 2006 and 2007 with Alexandrova and Peeping Fawn, added: "She is in good form and we decided we would let her take her chance. It's a step up against the older fillies."
O'Brien's opening-day team comprises Declaration Of War in the Juddmonte International and Foundry in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes. Foundry was installed at 9-2 by bet365 in opening shows for the Group 2 on Monday, though Paddy Power and William Hill quoted 6-1.
The Galileo colt has not been seen in action since a five-and-a-half length debut success at Leopardstown last November.
O'Brien said: "He had one run last year and won his maiden nicely. We've been happy with him, he's ready to start and we'll take it from there."
Favourite for the Great Voltigeur is one-time Derby favourite Telescope, at between 6-4 and 7-4.
Wednesday's Acomb Stakes was also priced up on Monday, with Paddy making The Grey Gatsby and First Flight 13-8 joint favourite, while the opening handicap, the Symphony Group Stakes, has as its market leader Ladyship at 8-1.
The ground at York on Monday evening was described as good, good to firm in places. The forecast is for dry, sunny spells throughout the week.