Secret's out as Gesture impresses in Oaks Trial
Updated: Saturday, 11 May 2013 15:03
Secret Gesture ran out a deeply impressive winner of the Lingfield Oaks Trial.
Always travelling sweetly just off the pace set by Miss You Too, jockey Jim Crowley could afford to look over both shoulders at the quarter-mile pole before easing the even-money favourite to the lead.
Ralph Beckett's filly stretched easily clear from there, with fully 10 lengths in hand of the long-time leader at the line.
Beckett has a fine record in the Lingfield race and in 2008 his Look Here finished second before going on to land the Oaks at Epsom.
Bookmakers were quick to take evasive action for the Epsom Classic in the wake of this performance, making her as short as 7-2 in places.
Beckett has another string to his bow in the shape of recent Pretty Polly Stakes winner Talent, and said: "That was probably better than I expected.
"I'm not sure she has beaten much but I'm very pleased with how she has shown up today. The ground will be different in three weeks but I can't see quicker ground being any problem.
"I suppose Jim has a tough choice between her and Talent, but I think it's pretty obvious which one he'll choose."
Crowley said: "The way she did it, you'd have to be impressed and she has got terrific balance.
"The weather changing hasn't helped but she's a nice moving filly and we've always thought quicker ground wouldn't be a problem."