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Big plans for Ambivalent after Curragh win

Updated: Monday, 01 Jul 2013 13:46 | Comments

Ambivalent took the Pretty Polly Stakes
Ambivalent took the Pretty Polly Stakes

Ambivalent could go in search of further Group One honours in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks after a fantastic all-the-way win in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

Placed in the Middleton Stakes at York and the Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock on her first two starts of the campaign, a change of tactics a superbly judged ride from Johnny Murtagh saw her strike Group One gold in Sunday's feature event.

While the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood over the same 10-furlong distance is an obvious target, trainer Roger Varian feels his four-year-old could be seen in a better light in the mile-and-a-half Yorkshire Oaks on 22 August.

Varian said: "She's fine this morning. She seems to have come out of the race well.

"Johnny gave her a brilliant ride. He's a very good jockey, his confidence is high after Royal Ascot and he knows his way around the Curragh better than anyone, so it was great it all worked out so well.

"It's possible she could go for the Yorkshire Oaks next. The trip wouldn't be a problem as she stays well and she ran well at York in the Middleton earlier in the year.

"The other option is the Nassau, but I do think York would probably suit her better than Goodwood. It's only a tentative plan, but it could be the Yorkshire Oaks next for her."

Varian is not sure whether similarly bold tactics will be employed on her next start.

He said: "I don't think we need to decide now how we would ride her over a mile and a half. I think horses benefit from a change in tactics from time to time.

"Sometimes they get sick of making the running, so we'll see what happens nearer the time, if we decide to go to York."

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