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Beckett not decided on Oaks.

RALPH Beckett is in keen to let the dust settle on Honor Bound's thrilling victory in the LINGFIELD Oaks Trial before deciding whether she should be supplemented for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on June 6. The Andover handler admitted he was surprised on Saturday afternoon as his filly edged out Criteria by a nose in the Listed contest, with better fancied stable companions Kallisha and Moonrise Landing back in fourth and eighth respectively.

Beckett is keen to assess the outcome of the other Oaks trials at York and Newbury this week before committing Honor Bound to Epsom.

Connections will have to stump up PS30,000 to add her to the Oaks field.

"All three fillies are fine this morning and ready to go again," said Beckett.

"As far as supplementing (Honor Bound) goes, I think we're just going to wait and see what happens during the next week or so.

"We'll see what happens in the Musidora at York on Wednesday and then there is the Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial at Newbury on Friday.

* "We'll base a decision onwhat happens in those races and make a final decision when we have to and probably not before. That's the way I'm looking at it at this stage."

The trainer insisted after her LINGFIELD triumph some cut in the ground would be important if Honor Bound were to make the trip to Epsom, but he does not see that being a problem.

"I'm not sure the ground will be a major issue, to be honest," said Beckett.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 12, 2014
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