EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE NEWS - Love 11/8 favourite as 11 entered for Investec Oaks
A daughter of Galileo, Love is already a Classic winner having taken the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on 7 June. A total of 48 fillies have completed the 1000 Guineas-Oaks double, most recently the O'Brien-trained Minding in 2016.
In addition to Love, O'Brien has also entered G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Peaceful plus G2 Ribblesdale Stakes second Ennistymon and Passion.
The master of Ballydoyle is the most successful current trainer in the Investec Oaks with seven victories - Shahtoush (1998), Imagine (2001), Alexandrova (2006), Was (2012), Qualify (2015), Minding (2016) and Forever Together (2018).
Two of the latest three runnings of the Investec Oaks have gone to horses trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori - the great Enable (2017) and Anapurna (2019). The Gosden-Dettori combination is set to be represented on Saturday by Frankly Darling, an impressive winner of the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. Gosden has also entered Tiempo Vuela, who was an eye-catching winner on her only juvenile start but unplaced when running very freely in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month.
Another trainer doubly represented is Roger Varian with Gold Wand and Queen Daenerys. Gold Wand, a daughter of 2015 Investec Derby hero Golden Horn, was an impressive winner of a 10-furlong maiden at Newbury on 11 June while Queen Daenerys was runner-up on her return to action in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on 7 June.
Newmarket-based Varian said today: "Gold Wand & Queen Daenerys are both well.
"No decision has been made yet on the Oaks.
"I need to speak with both owners and a decision won't be made at this stage."
Godolphin trained Saeed bin Suroor has saddled two Oaks winners courtesy of Moonshell (1995) and Kazzia (2002). His entry in 2020 is Dubai Love, runner-up in the G3 UAE Oaks at Meydan, Dubai in February and a close third last time out in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot.
Completing the entries are G2 Ribblesdale Stakes fourth Bharani Star (Peter Chapple-Hyam) and Oriental Mystique (David Simcock).
The Investec Oaks is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.
Investec Oaks, Unibet odds: 11/8 Love; 9/4 Frankly Darling; 5/1 Peaceful; 8/1 Ennistymon; 14/1 Gold Wand; 16/1 Passion; 20/1 Dubai Love, Queen Daenerys; 25/1 Oriental Mystique; 33/1 Tiempo Vuela; 40/1 Bharani Star Each-Way 1/5 the odds 1, 2, 3
The Investec Oaks (Group 1)
2.40pm, Epsom Downs, Saturday, 4 July, 2020. 1m 4f 6y. £250,000 Total Prize Fund.
1) Bharani Star (GER) (Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-9-00
2) Dubai Love (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00
3) Ennistymon (IRE) (Evie Stockwell) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00
4) Frankly Darling (Anthony Oppenheimer) John Gosden 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori
5) Gold Wand (IRE) (Mohamed Khalid Abdulrahim) Roger Varian 3-9-00
6) Love (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00
7) Oriental Mystique (Kirsten Rausing) David Simcock 3-9-00
8) Passion (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00
9) Peaceful (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00
10) Queen Daenerys (IRE) (H.H. SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa) Roger Varian 3-9-00
11) Tiempo Vuela (A E Oppenheimer and Sophie) John Gosden 3-9-00 Martin Harley
About Epsom Downs Racecourse and The Jockey Club
Epsom Downs Racecourse has been a venue for the sport of horse racing since the 17th Century, with the first running of The Oaks taking place in 1779 and The Derby a year later. Since that time the Investec Derby has developed into the World's Greatest Flat Race and is now part of the unique and vibrant Investec Derby Festival.
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About QIPCO British Champions Series
QIPCO British Champions Series showcases 35 of the UK's finest Flat races, including three of the world's top five. The Series features at all of the UK's most iconic Flat festivals, from the Investec Derby and St Leger, to Glorious Goodwood and Royal Ascot, presenting unparalleled, quality racing across 10 of the country's finest racecourses. The Series exhibits world-class sporting action across five different categories - Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares. Five top-class races mark the climax of the Series on the Ultimate Raceday, QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 17th October, where the world's best compete at the nation's richest raceday. Put simply, QIPCO British Champions Series shines the spotlight on the best horses, the best jockeys and the best racecourses, so that millions worldwide can follow the finest Flat racing. For tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday 17th October go to www.britishchampionsday.co.uk