Duke filly Oaks-bound after Listed win

Alive Alive Oh (3f Duke Of Marmalade-Higher Love, by Sadler’s Wells) looks a live contender for Classic honours after a fantastic victory in the Listed Salsabil Stakes at Navan on Tuesday evening.

The Tommy Stack-trained filly, who brought yet more black-type for Duke Of Marmalade, justified strong market support when coming home six lengths clear of Magical Dream (3f Galileo-Red Evie, by Intikhab) in the 10-furlong contest.

Alive Alive Oh, who was bred by the late David Hardisty, had run away with a Cork maiden on her only other outing this year and a trip to Epsom for the G1 Oaks could now be on the agenda. She was quoted at 8/1 for the fillies’ Classic following her Navan win,

“She´s very, very good,” winning rider Fran Berry told irishracing.com. “She took me to the front sooner than I wanted but she´s just so relaxed that I found myself upsides Joseph (O’Brien on Magical Dream) sooner than expected. It was good to see her getting up the hill and getting her to extend properly. She’s potentially an Oaks filly.”

Stack added: “That was a good performance and you’d have to be pleased with that. I think she´ll get further. We´ll have to think about the Oaks now.”

Alive Alive Oh, who is owned by Sue-Ann Foley, was bought for 125,000gns as a yearling by John O’Byrne and hails from the family of 1,000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters.

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