Venus stars for Duke

Unbeaten Venus De Milo (3f Duke of Marmalade-Inchmahome, by Galileo) ran out an impressive winner of the Listed Stallion Farms EBF Oaks Trial at Naas on Wednesday night and looks a filly with a big future.

The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade, who was bred by Tullpark Ltd, had won her only previous start for trainer Aidan O’Brien in a Fairyhouse maiden a fortnight earlier.

Winning rider Seamie Heffernan told www.irishracing.com: “Venus De Milo showed a lot as a younger filly at home but Aidan didn’t want to run her until she was ready.

“She surprised me at Fairyhouse the way she quickened when the penny dropped and I was riding her to run a nice race today and wanted to teach her a bit to see if she was up to running in these kinds of races.

“I wasn’t sure, but I initially thought the reason she won at Fairyhouse was because of the soft ground but the ground was totally the opposite today. She has a bit of class though and is strong and versatile.”

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