Thread: O'Brien has six appeal in Oaks
30th May 2012 #1
O'Brien has six appeal in Oaks
Maybe is one of Aidan O'Brien's six runners in a field of 14 declared for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday.
The daughter of Galileo bids to go two places better than in the 1000 Guineas, when she was a beaten favourite behind her stablemate Homecoming Queen.
O'Brien is going to the Surrey track with all guns blazing as he seeks a fourth win in the fillies' Classic. The Ballydoyle trainer is also represented by the unbeaten Kissed, Betterbetterbetter, Devotion, Twirl and Was. However, Kissed will only run if conditions are suitable.
O'Brien's wife Anne-Marie tweeted: "We have declared all six fillies to run in the Oaks on Friday but Kissed will only run if there is an ease in the ground."
Lingfield Oaks Trial heroine Vow will attempt to give Newmarket handler William Haggas back-to-back Oaks triumphs after Dancing Rain 12 months ago. Godolphin's Kailani, trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, is another filly defending a 100% record.
John Gosden is looking to The Fugue to give him a first win in the race. She finished one place behind Maybe when fourth at Newmarket and has since boosted her Oaks prospects with an impressive victory in the Musidora Stakes at York.
Ralph Beckett, successful with Look Here in 2008, relies on Lingfield Oaks Trial runner-up Colima. Completing the line-up are Hughie Morrison's pair of Coquet and Shirocco Star, the Mick Channon-trained Nayarra, and Toptempo from Mark Tompkins' stable.
Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper reports the going good, good to firm in places. He may water before the two-day meeting starts on Friday if the track misses out on any showers on Wednesday.
He told At The Races: "I think it would ride as good, fast ground which, for summer Classics, we should be racing on. The last prospect of any rain for us seems to be today with the possibility of showers coming in from the west. They are not expected to be particularly heavy, but we could just catch something.
"If we don't see any rain I think we will have to do something to the track. We don't need a lot (of water) at this stage. It's just a question of keeping it where it is. That means on a daily basis putting on about three millimetres of water."
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