Sobetsu to sidestep Irish Oaks
Group One winner Sobetsu will swerve an outing in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.
Trainer Charlie Appleby has ruled this year's Prix Saint-Alary winner out of the mile and a half Irish Classic after failing to be convinced that she stays the trip having beaten only one home in last month's Epsom Oaks.
Plans are in place to drop the daughter of Dubawi back down to a mile and a quarter for a shot at the Group Two Prix de la Nonette at Deauville on August 19.
The Newmarket handler said: "Sobetsu won't be going for the Irish Oaks. The whole Epsom experience took a lot out of her and I don't know whether she saw out the mile and a half.
"Going there with a lightly-raced filly is quite hard.
"I want to bring her back in trip and we will probably go back to France for the Prix de la Nonette at Deauville.
"I have purposely given her the time off, plus she wants cut in the ground."Epsom heroine Enable heads 14 fillies left in the Irish Oaks following the confirmation stage.The John Gosden-trained daughter of Nathaniel bids to complete the English-Irish Oaks double last achieved by Snow Fairy in 2010.The Newmarket handler has also left in the Epsom fifth Coronet, who returned to form with victory in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.Aidan O'Brien has a team of five topped by Investec Oaks third Alluringly and Pretty Polly Stakes runner-up Rain Goddess. Pocketfullofdreams, Ruby Quest and Wild Irish Rose complete the Ballydoyle trainer's team.John Oxx is two-handed with Bengala and Naughty Or Nice.The list is completed by Aurora Butterfly, Bean Feasa, Breeze, Eziyra and Intricately.