Harrington hope One Voice one of five looking for Love in Yorkshire Oaks
Jessica Harrington believes a step up in trip will assist One Voice as she was confirmed as one of five challengers looking to dethrone Love in Thursday's Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York.
One Voice finished a neck behind Fancy Blue in the Nassau over 1m2f at Glorious Goodwood last time and the three-year-old races over an additional two furlongs this time.
She is an 8-1 chance for the Group 1 showpiece while the 1,000 Guineas and dazzling nine-length Oaks winner Love is a top-priced 1-2 chance with William Hill. Harrington, who has booked Tom Marquand to ride, is under no illusion about the challenge her runner faces.
The trainer said: "We were delighted with One Voice’s run in the Nassau and she came out of the race really well. Fancy Blue had beaten my filly [Alpine Star] in the Prix de Diane in and so we kind of had a bit of a line, and we felt our filly would improve again for going up in trip, which she did.
“She’s a filly that has improved all year and her pedigree suggests she should be even better over a mile and a half. I know it’s a big ask with Love in there but you have to try. Tom [Marquand] got on well with her at Goodwood and I’m delighted to use him again.”
Love is making her first start since that sensational Oaks win but faces a tough test on the Knavesmire, with John Gosden running two in the Group 1.
Enable was ruled out last week but three-year-olds Frankly Darling and Franconia represent Britain's champion trainer. Frankly Darling, who will be ridden by Robert Havlin, finished behind Love in the Oaks but previously landed the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot in June.
Franconia makes her first start at Group level following back-to-back Listed wins, with the latest coming at York in July. She will be ridden by James Doyle.
Manuela De Vega steps up to the top level after two Group-level wins this year while Sir Mark Prescott's runner Alpinista completes the field.
Elsewhere, Ryan Moore has picked up an interesting ride on the Harrington-trained Sussex Garden, with Ballydoyle not represented in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (1.45).
The 6f Group 2 features 14 juveniles, including Queen Mary runner-up Sacred for the William Haggas team and Princess Margaret winner Santosha.
In the valuable Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes (2.15) the Richard Hannon team look to repeat Mum's Tipple's spectacular win from last year with two representatives, Power Station and Super Sprint winner Happy Romance.
Darley Yorkshire Oaks runners and riders
Manuela De Vega (Rob Hornby)
Alpinista (Ryan Tate)
Franconia (James Doyle)
Frankly Darling (Robert Havlin)
Love (Ryan Moore)
One Voice (Tom Marquand)
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