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Saturday, May 30, 2009


The 2009 Investec Oaks has 12 fillies going forward following today’s six-day confirmation stage. The premier fillies’ Classic, which boasts a prize fund of £350,000, is run at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 5, Investec Ladies Day.

The two market leaders, Sariska and Rainbow View, remain engaged in the Group One, mile and a half contest.

Rainbow View, the best European filly last year, lost her unbeaten record when fifth on her seasonal debut in the stanjames.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2 but pleased connections when working at Epsom Downs on May 28.

Sariska entered the reckoning for the Investec Oaks with an emphatic success in the Group Three Musidora Stakes at York on May, 13 while there would surely be no more popular winner than Midday, who is trained by Henry Cecil, seeking his ninth Investec Oaks success, and was successful on her latest appearance in the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial.

Two Irish-trained contenders remain, including the Aidan O’Brien-trained Perfect Truth, successful in the Listed Cheshire Oaks last time out. Jim Bolger has left in Oh Goodness Me, who finished third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas last Sunday.

Other leading acceptors include the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Phillipina, a fast-finishing second behind Perfect Truth in the Cheshire Oaks, while veteran handler Clive Brittain has two still engaged - Wadaat, the nose runner-up in last weekend’s Group Two Italian Oaks, and Nashmiah, a Listed winner at York on May 15.

John Dunlop and Ed Dunlop have both tasted victory in the Investec Oaks and the latest member of the dynasty to join the training ranks, Harry Dunlop, is set to be represented by Three Moons who finished runner-up last time out in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on May 3.

Barry Hills is represented by High Heeled, while completing the entrants are the Richard Hannon-trained The Miniver Rose and Tottie, from Amanda Perrett’s stable who is owned by last year’s winning owner Julian Richmond Watson.

The final declaration stage for the Investec Oaks is at 10.00am on Wednesday, June 3.


The other Group One highlight on Investec Ladies Day at Epsom Downs, Friday, June 5, is the £242,750 Investec Coronation Cup, also run over a mile and a half.

A high-class contest is in prospect with a dozen of the finest older horses going forward at today’s six-day confirmation stage including Ask, who made an impressive seasonal reappearance in the Group Two Yorkshire Cup at York on May 15. His trainer Sir Michael Stoute could also be represented by Doctor Fremantle, fourth in last year’s Investec Derby and successful on his return to action in the Group Three Huxley Stakes at Chester on May 7. The duo will be aiming to add to the impressive Investec Coronation Cup record of Sir Michael Stoute, who has saddled the winner on four occasions.

The one supplementary entry is Duncan, added to the Group One contest at a cost of £20,000 today. Trained by John Gosden and owned by the Normandie Stud, the four-year-old landed the Blue Square City & Suburban Handicap over 10 furlongs at Epsom Downs on April 22 before being the impressive winner of a Listed contest over 12 furlongs at Ascot on May 9.

Aidan O’Brien has dominated the Investec Coronation Cup in recent seasons having landed the Epsom Downs contest in 2005, 2007 and 2008. The master of Ballydoyle’s remaining contender this year is the 2008 Irish Derby victor Frozen Fire, who finished third on his seasonal reappearance behind Buccellati in the Group Three Ormonde Stakes at Chester on May 8. The other remaining entry trained in Ireland is Casual Conquest, third in last year’s Investec Derby and the impressive winner of the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on May 24.

Last year’s Investec Oaks heroine Look Here is set to return to the scene of her greatest triumph for her seasonal reappearance. The last Oaks winner to go on to Coronation Cup glory was Time Charter, who was successful as a five-year-old in the 1984 Coronation Cup, while the latest filly to complete the double in back-to-back years was Lupe in 1970/1971.

Youmzain was the three quarters of a length behind Soldier Of Fortune 12 months ago and the dual Arc de Triomphe runner-up is set to bid to go one better for trainer Mick Channon.

On his seasonal reappearance, Youmzain finished fourth in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba behind Eastern Anthem, the remaining Investec Coronation Cup entry from Godolphin.

Scintillo, trained by Richard Hannon, completes the confirmations.

Final declarations for the Investec Coronation Cup are at 10.00am on Wednesday, June 3.

Five-day confirmations for the Investec Derby will be available on Monday, June 1.


The going at Epsom Downs is currently GOOD

Class 1, Group 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.05pmEpsom Downs, Friday, June 5, 2009. For three-year-old fillies only. One mile & four furlongs. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed March 17, entries revealed March 19 (77 entries). First scratchings deadline noon, May 21, 2009 (25 remained). £20,000 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage May 30 (12 remain), final declaration stage 10.00am, June 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing up to and including Thursday, May 21.

Form Horse Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey
26(1)6-14 HIGH HEELED (IRE) Mr and Mrs Steven Jenkins Barry Hills/Michael Hills
0314-21 MIDDAY Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil/Tom Queally
453-(1)01 NASHMIAH (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
03122-103 OH GOODNESS ME June Judd & Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
40(2)-4(2)1 PERFECT TRUTH (IRE) Anne Marie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
0-52 PHILLIPINA Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1111-5 RAINBOW VIEW (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
1-41 SARISKA Lady Bamford Michael Bell
013-442 THE MINIVER ROSE (IRE) Julie Wood Richard Hannon
2220-12 THREE MOONS (IRE) Kate Goldsmith Harry Dunlop
(0)415-3 TOTTIE Julian Richmond-Watson Amanda Perrett
(3)(2)102 WADAAT Saeed Manana Clive Brittain

12 six-day confirmations
2 Irish-trained

Class One, Group One, £242,750 Total Prize Fund. 2.45pm, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 5, 2009. For four-year-olds and upwards, one mile & four furlongs. Entries closed April 7, entries revealed April 8 (32 entries), scratchings deadline May 19 (18 entries remained), six-day confirmation & £20,000 supplementary stage May 30 (11 confirmations, 1 supplementary entry), final declaration stage 10.00am, June 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Friday, May 29.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey
32(1)/124-2 ALL THE ACES (IRE) 4 Alan Spence Michael Jarvis/Philip Robinson
2/15560-1 ASK 6 Patrick Fahey Sir Michael Stoute
514116-31 BUCCELLATI 5 Mr & Mrs P McMahon & Mr & Mrs R Gorell Andrew Balding/William Buick
1/132-21 CASUAL CONQUEST (IRE) 4 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
1/21440-1 DOCTOR FREMANTLE 4 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
22160-11 DUNCAN 4 Normandie Stud Ltd John Gosden
316-111 EASTERN ANTHEM (IRE) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
42111-13 EXPRESSO STAR (USA) 4 H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
10/2010-3 FROZEN FIRE (GER) 4 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
-(3)(1)(1)02 SCINTILLO 4 White Beech Farm Richard Hannon
52132-4 YOUMZAIN (IRE) 6 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon/Richard Hills
1/213- LOOK HERE 4 Julian Richmond-Watson Ralph Beckett/Seb Sanders

11 six-day confirmations, 1 supplementary entry
2 Irish-trained

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