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Saturday, May 26, 2012

14 ON TRACK FOR INVESTEC OAKS

- SUPPLEMENTARY ENTRY KAILANI AIMING TO EMULATE HER DAM KAZZIA

The 2012 Investec Derby Festival is now less than a week away and the countdown is entering its final stages with 14 fillies going forward today for the highlight of Investec Ladies’ Day, Friday, June 1 - the £366,500 Investec Oaks.

A total of 13 three-year-old fillies were confirmed today for the Classic at Epsom Downs and are joined by the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Kailani, who was supplemented at a cost of £20,000. Kailani is out of the 2002 Oaks heroine Kazzia and like her dam is owned by Godolphin, which has also enjoyed Investec Oaks success with Balanchine (1994) and Moonshell (1995).

Kailani, a daughter of Monsun, is unbeaten in two starts, having landed a mile maiden at Yarmouth on her only start as a two-year-old before making an impressive reappearance in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes over 10 furlongs at Newmarket on May 6, when she accounted for Hazel Lavery by seven lengths.

William Hill, Official Betting Partner of the 2012 Investec Derby Festival, makes Kailani an 8/1 chance for the Investec Oaks.

Mahmood Al Zarooni said today: “Kailani has done nothing wrong in both her starts to date and we decided to take a chance by running her in the Investec Oaks.

“She worked really well on Friday and I think that she has improved since her run at Newmarket. We were quite easy on our horses at the beginning of the season and a lot of them have come on for their first start.

“She won her maiden on good ground but we cannot say 100 per cent whether she will handle good to firm until we run her on it.

“It’s the same with her handling the course, although I expect that the step up to a mile and a half will suit her.

“We don’t know how good she is and we are waiting for her to surprise us.”

Currently heading the market for the Investec Oaks with William Hill is Maybe (11/4), one of six possible starters for Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien. The Galileo filly was undefeated as a juvenile in 2011, when her five victories included the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes. She finished third behind stable companion Homecoming Queen is the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, the first fillies’ Classic over a mile at Newmarket on May 6.

Maybe could be joined in the Investec Oaks by stable companions Betterbetterbetter (33/1), runner-up in the Listed Cheshire Oaks, Group Three 1000 Guineas Trial second Devotion (40/1), the unbeaten Kissed (9/2), an impressive winner in a Listed event at Navan on April 29, Group Three Tattersalls Musidora Stakes second Twirl (20/1) and Was (20/1), who came home third in the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes at Naas on May 16. O’Brien is seeking his fourth success in the Investec Oaks.

One place behind Maybe at Newmarket in fourth was The Fugue (3/1), who is owned by Lord Andrew and Lady Madeleine Lloyd-Webber and ran on well after being struck into. The John Gosden-trained filly made a quick reappearance in the Group Three Tattersalls Musidora Stakes over an extended 10 furlongs at York on May 16, when she was the ready four and a half-length winner from Twirl.

Another impressive winner during the trials’ season was the William Haggas-trained Vow (9/2), who like leading Investec Derby contender Bonfire is owned by the Pocahontas Syndicate of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.

Vow has scored on both of her starts to date, having followed up success in a 10-furlong Newbury maiden on April 20 with an eye-catching three and a quarter length victory over Colima (14/1) in the Listed Betfred Oaks Trial over a mile and a half on Polytrack at Lingfield on May 12. William Haggas boasts a 100 per cent record in the Investec Oaks, having sent out his first runner in the Classic, Dancing Rain, to victory in 2011.

The latest filly to advertise her Investec Oaks credentials was the Hughie Morrison-trained Coquet (25/1), who was triumphant in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday, May 24. She could be joined in the Investec Oaks by stable companion Shirocco Star (20/1), who was the short-head runner-up in the Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial Stakes at Newbury on May 18.

Other possible starters on Friday include the Mick Channon-trained Nayarra (40/1), a Group One winner in Italy last term who was fourth behind Coquet in the Height Of Fashion Stakes, and recent Newmarket maiden third Toptempo (40/1), from the stable of Mark Tompkins.

William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said: “Aidan O’Brien has a strong hold on the Investec Oaks market but The Fugue and Vow were impressive in their respective trials and have been well supported accordingly.”

Five-day confirmations and any supplementary entries received for both the Investec Derby and the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec), run on the second day of the Investec Derby Festival (Saturday, June 2), will be revealed on Monday, May 28.

GROUND

The going at Epsom Downs is currently GOOD, GOOD to FIRM in Places.

The forecast is for the weather to stay dry and warm (24-26 degrees) this weekend and 10 millimetres of water is being applied to the back straight and the Hill.

The watering of the course will be reviewed tomorrow (Sunday).

 

LATEST ODDS FOR THE INVESTEC OAKS FROM WILLIAM HILL, OFFICIAL BETTING PARTNER OF THE 2012 INVESTEC DERBY FESTIVAL

11/4 Maybe, 3/1 The Fugue, 9/2 Kissed, Vow, 8/1 Kailani, 14/1 Colima, 20/1 Shirocco Star, Twirl, Was, 25/1 Coquet, 33/1 Betterbetterbetter, 40/1 Devotion, Nayarra, Toptempo (EW 1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Aidan O’Brien to train the winner of the Investec Oaks: 11/10

Aidan O’Brien to train the winners of the Investec Derby & Oaks: 9/4


THE 2012 INVESTEC OAKS

Class 1, Group 1, £366,500 Total Prize Fund. 4.05pm, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 1, 2012. For three-year-old fillies only. One mile, four furlongs and 10 yards. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed March 13, entries revealed March 15 (95 entries). Scratchings’ deadline noon, May 18 (22 remained). £20,000 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage May 26 (13 confirmations plus 1 supplementary entry), final declaration stage 10.00am, May 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing up to and including Friday, May 25.

Form Horse Owner Trainer

2(1)2 BETTERBETTERBETTER (IRE) Roisin Henry & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

1-(2) COLIMA (IRE) David & Lavinia Aykroyd Ralph Beckett

(4)(1)1-1 COQUET Hon Mary Morrison & Partners Hughie Morrison

00146-(3)2 DEVOTION (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

1-1 KAILANI Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni

1-1 KISSED (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

11111-3 MAYBE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

024331-204 NAYARRA (IRE) Prince A A Faisal Mick Channon

21-2 SHIROCCO STAR Helena Springfield Ltd Hughie Morrison

1-41 THE FUGUE Lord Lloyd-Webber John Gosden

54-3 TOPTEMPO Roalco Limited Mark Tompkins

31-22 TWIRL (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

1(1) VOW Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Pocahontas William Haggas

1-3 WAS (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

13 six-day confirmations plus 1 supplementary entry (KAILANI)

6 Irish-trained

THE FOLLOWING HORSES WERE TAKEN OUT AT THE SIX-DAY CONFIRMATION STAGE:

ALBAMARA, ARSAADI, DALKALA, EVERLONG, FIRDAWS, HAZEL LAVERY, LACILY, MORANT BAY, PINK DAMSEL


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