Favourite Minding among Oaks nine but Even Song is out

Leading in centre is MINDING with R Moore

Minding (purple) was an easy winner of the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

IMPRESSIVE 1,000 Guineas winner Minding features among nine declarations for Friday’s Investec Oaks at Epsom, but stablemate Even Song, who had been the 7-1 joint-second favourite, does not run.

Minding, who suffered a shock defeat to Jet Setting in the Irish 1,000 Guineas less than a fortnight ago, will be joined by stablemates Seventh Heaven and Somehow at Epsom.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old will be bidding to become the first filly since Kazzia in 2002 to complete the 1,000 Guineas and Oaks double.

How High The Moon is the only other absentee.

Hot favourite

Minding has been installed as the 10-11 favourite with Paddy Power to bounce back from her shock defeat at the Curragh last month and provide her trainer with a sixth win in the Oaks.

She could become the first filly to be sent off as an odds-on favourite in the Oaks since Reams Of Verse triumphed at 5-6 in 1997, while Friday’s Group 1 will be the first single-figure field since Ouija Board beat six rivals to score in 2004.

Biggest dangers

Skiffle is bidding to emulate six-time Group 1 winner Snow Fairy by proving victorious in the Oaks having been supplemented after winning the Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood. She is the general 6-1 second favourite.

She stayed on powerfully to win over 1m2f at Goodwood and is expected to be well suited by the step up in trip at Epsom, while soft conditions are likely to place a further emphasis on stamina.

Speaking on Tuesday, John Ferguson, chief executive for owners Godolphin, said: “Skiffle is by Dubawi, whose offspring handle ease in the ground, and also her dam Princess Dansante was effective in soft ground in France.

“She’s a quality filly whose progress has been remarkable. She emerged from Goodwood working and looking like an Oaks filly. We couldn’t be happier.”

Other contenders

The stoutly bred Turret Rocks is also expected to improve for the step up in trip from a mile and is the 7-1 third favourite, while 11-1 shot Architecture is tasked with providing trainer Hugo Palmer with a second British Classic following Galileo Gold’s 2,000 Guineas success last month.

The nine-runner field is completed by Australian Queen, Diamonds Pour Moi and Harlequeen.


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