Saturday 21 October 2017

Minding heads a field of nine for the Oaks


Aidan O'Brien's 1000 Guineas winner Minding heads a field of nine declared for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

The filly bids to become the first horse since Kazzia in 2002 to complete the Classic double.

However she goes into the mile and a half showpiece on the back of a defeat in the Irish equivalent when she was beaten into second place by Jet Setting after suffering a minor head injury leaving the stalls.

O'Brien also has Seventh Heaven and Somehow declared but has taken out Even Song and How High The Moon.

There is a fourth Irish challenger in Jim Bolger's Turret Rocks, who was sixth behind Minding at Newmarket.

Skiffle was the only supplementary entry at the confirmation stage and the Goodwood Listed winner takes her chance for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby.

The line-up is completed by Hugo Palmer's Architecture, David Elsworth's Australian Queen, the Ralph Beckett-trained Diamonds Pour Moi and Harlequeen from Mick Channon's stable.

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