Investec Oaks
Group 1, Epsom Downs
£500,000 added,
3yo fillies only,
1m 4f 10y, Class 1   
Friday 1st June 2018

Trainer Aidan O'Brien dominates the entries for the 2018 Investec Oaks, with 23 of the 60 fillies (up from 54 in 2017) unveiled in his care.
 
The British fillies' Classic, run over a mile and a half and worth £500,000, is the centrepiece of an excellent seven-race card at Epsom Downs on day one of the Investec Derby Festival, Ladies' Day, Friday, June 1. The second G1 contest on the day is the Investec Coronation Cup.
 
Happily
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Happily
 
O'Brien's entries are headed by dual G1 winner Happily, as Ireland's champion Flat trainer chases his seventh victory in the historic Classic, first run in 1779.
 
Happily captured the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September, as did O'Brien's latest Investec Oaks winner Minding (2016), before defeating the boys over a mile in the G1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly, France, in October.
 
The Ballydoyle contingent also features Royal Ascot scorer September, who met trouble in running when going down by a nose to Laurens in the G1 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket, and G1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Clemmie.
 
Magical, the short-head runner-up to Happily in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, plus highly-regarded maiden winners I Can Fly, who was third in the G3 Oh So Sharp Stakes on her second start, and Sarrocchi are also among the O'Brien entries.
 
Minding, who won the 2016 Investec Oaks decisively, was the highest-rated three-year-old filly in the world at the end of that year and the Epsom Downs fillies' Classic delivered another outstanding winner last year.

John Gosden took the spoils with outstanding filly Enable in 2017, the best filly in the world who won five G1 races on the bounce last year, culminating with victory in Europe's flagship race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, at Chantilly in October.
 

The Newmarket trainer, also successful in the Investec Oaks with Taghrooda in 2014, has five entries in 2018, led by Godolphin's Aim Of Artemis, a 1-million guineas purchase at Tattersalls in December after winning a novice contest trainer for Sir Michael Stoute, and the unbeaten Highgarden.

Highgarden
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Highgarden
 
Stoute, also victorious twice in the Investec Oaks, has three entries, led by Veracious, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, who was the impressive winner by four lengths from Winter Lightning of a Newmarket seven-furlong maiden in October.
 
Contingent (Dermot Weld IRE) is one of two entries for Enable's owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah. The daughter of Frankel visually looked one of the most promising maiden winners of the season when overcoming stall 18 at Leopardstown in October.
 
It has been 25 years since the Investec Oaks spoils went to France, when the Andre Fabre-trained Intrepidity triumphed in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed.
 
The French entry in 2018 is the Francis Graffard-trained Homerique. The daughter of Exchange Rate made an impressive debut at Chantilly on April 3, when taking a 10-furlong fillies' maiden by eight lengths on testing ground.
 
Graffard revealed: "Homerique has come out of Chantilly really well.
 
"The plan is to run her next in the Prix Penelope [10.5f] at Saint-Cloud on May 1, and we have made an entry for the Investec Oaks just to keep all options open for her.

"I think she is a better filly on good ground and I was quite surprised by the way she won at Chantilly.

"I knew she was a good filly, but I was not expecting her to win as she did on the ground because it was very soft. She can obviously handle all types of ground."
 
Godolphin's principal trainers Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor have five Investec Oaks entries between them. Appleby's two contenders include Wild Illusion, winner of the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac in October, while bin Suroor could run UAE 1,000 Guineas scorer Winter Lightning.
 
Dual Investec Oaks-winning trainer Ralph Beckett is responsible for two unbeaten fillies in Kinaesthesia  who beat colts on debut at Nottingham in November, and Kempton Park scorer Cecchini.
 
The Irish challenge could also feature Liquid Amber (Willie McCreery). She shed her maiden tag with a five-length verdict over Ballet Shoes (Aidan O'Brien IRE) in the G3 Flame Of Tara Irish EBF Stakes at the Curragh in August.
 
Jim Bolger is the last Irish trainer other than Aidan O'Brien to win the Investec Oaks, courtesy of Jet Ski Lady in 1991. 
 
Bolger's unraced entry Park Bloom  is a full-sister to 2012 winner Was and a half-sister to the trainer's 2008 Investec Derby hero New Approach.

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Investec Oaks
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
60 entries
Scratchings deadline May 17, six-day confirmations & £30,000 supplementary stage May 26, final declarations 10am May 30.

Horse
Owner
Trainer
AGROTERA (IRE)
Bjorn Nielsen
Ed Walker
AIM OF ARTEMIS (IRE)
Godolphin
John Gosden
ARENDELLE
Chasemore Farm
Ed Walker
ATHENA (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
AWAY (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BALLET SHOES (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BROADWAY (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BYE BYE BABY (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CECCHINI (IRE)
Peter Savill
Ralph Beckett
CLEMMIE (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CONTINGENT
Khalid Abdullah
Dermot Weld IRE
CURLY (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DARKNESS FALLS (USA)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DRAMATICALLY (USA)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
EASTER LILY (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
EJTYAH
Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah
David Simcock
ERIN (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
EXPENSIVE LIAISON (IRE)
Bill and Tim Gredley
Hugo Palmer
FLATTERING (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
FOREST VIEW
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
FOREVER TOGETHER (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
GIVE AND TAKE
Nicholas Jones
William Haggas
GREAT NEWS (IRE)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
HADITH (IRE)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby
HAPPILY (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
HARVESTFORTHEWORLD (IRE)
Mrs Shanahan/Mrs Magnier/Mrs O'Leary
Fozzy Stack IRE
HAZARFIYA
Newsells Park Stud
Sir Michael Stoute
HAZEL BAY (IRE)
Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd
Dermot Weld IRE
HERE'S ALICE (IRE)
International Plywood (Importers) Ltd
Charles Hills
HIGHGARDEN
Mrs C R Philipson & Mrs H Lascelles
John Gosden
HOMERIQUE (USA)
Ecurie de Montlahuc
Francis-Henri Graffard FR
I CAN FLY
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
KINAESTHESIA
Kirsten Rausing
Ralph Beckett
LADY OF SHALOTT
Khalifa Dasmal
David Simcock
LAH TI DAR
Lord Lloyd-Webber
John Gosden
LIQUID AMBER (USA)
Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd
Willie McCreery IRE
LUBINKA (IRE)
Woodcote Stud Ltd
Peter Chapple-Hyam
MAGICAL (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAGIC WAND (IRE)
Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Markus Jooste
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MOST GIFTED (USA)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MRS SIPPY (USA)
St Albans Bloodstock Limited
David Simcock
PARK BLOOM (IRE)
Patricia J Burns
Jim Bolger IRE
PERFECT CLARITY
Dr Bridget Drew & David J Keast
Clive Cox
QAZYNA (IRE)
Nurlan Bizakov
Roger Varian
QUEEN ISEULT
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
ROCOCO
Denford Stud
John Gosden
SARROCCHI (IRE)
Sue Magnier/Mrs E Irwin
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SEA OF CLASS (IRE)
Sunderland Holding Inc
William Haggas
SEPTEMBER (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SIZZLING (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SNOWFLAKES (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
STREAM SONG
George Strawbridge
John Gosden
SUN MAIDEN
Khalid Abdullah
Sir Michael Stoute
TRINITY SQUARE
Bill & Tim Gredley
Michael Bell
VELVET VISION
Sarabex
Mark Tompkins
VERACIOUS
Cheveley Park Stud
Sir Michael Stoute
WILD ILLUSION
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby
WINTER LIGHTNING (IRE)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
WORTH WAITING
Saif Ali
David Lanigan
ZORAYA (FR)
The Fairy Story Partnership
Paul Cole