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Group One, Class A, Showcase Race, Epsom Downs , Friday, June 4, 2004, one mile and four furlongs and about ten yards, total prize fund, £350,000, for three-year-old fillies only.  Weights: 9st.  Entries closed Wednesday, March 3, 2004 ( 89 entries ). Forfeit stage Thursday, May 20, 2004, ,£20,000 supplementary entry stage Saturday, May 29, 2004. Five-day confirmation stage Saturday, May 29, 2004. 48-hour declaration stage 10.00am Wednesday, June 2, 2004.

1st (5) Ouija Board 7-2
2nd (1) All Too Beautiful 11-4 Fav
3rd (6) Punctilious 10-3
7 ran
WIN £4.20
Ex £15.50 CSF £12.82

Baraka, Menhoubah and Hathrah were withdrawn at the 48-hour declaration stage.

16:05 The Vodafone Oaks (Class A) (Group 1)
1m 4f 10y
No. Horse/owner Weight Jockey/trainer Prev.
1 All Too Beautiful (IRE)
Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier
9-0 J. P. Spencer
A. P. O'Brien
2 Crystal (IRE)
Mr F. C. T. Wilson
9-0 M. Hill
B. J. Meehan
3 Kisses For Me (IRE)
Mrs John Magnier & Mr M. Tabor
9-0 Paul Scallan
A. P. O'Brien
4 Necklace
Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier
9-0 J. Murtagh
A. P. O'Brien
5 Ouija Board
Lord Derby
9-0 K. Fallon
E. A. L. Dunlop
6 Punctilious
9-0 L. Dettori
Saeed bin Suroor
7 Sundrop (JPN)
9-0 K. McEvoy
Saeed bin Suroor

The race has drawn a field of just seven runners, the smallest for 100 years, and just four stables are represented in the fillies' staying classic, prompting clerk of the course Andrew Cooper to say: "If you look back at the last couple of years we've had some big fields, and two years ago it was bigger than the Derby line-up.

" There aren't any leading candidates missing, and there were never any fillies who were likely to be supplemented. It's just the crop of fillies suitable for the race isn't that big this year."

Punctilious, whom Sheikh Mohammed bought out of Michael Jarvis' stable last year after she had won her first two starts, was very impressive when making all to win the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on May 11 by six lengths from Glen Innes, and she also indicated that the longer trip of the Oaks will present no problems.

Ouija Board also had six lengths to spare when she won the Listed RL Davison Pretty Polly Stakes on May 2 at Newmarket, which saw her Epsom odds cut to about 20-1. She is now a 7-1 shot following news that Kieren Fallon, who rode Lord Derby's filly at Newmarket, will be her partner again for the Oaks. Rave Reviews and Sahool, who were placed behind Oiuja Board at Newmarket, gave the form a handsome boost when finishing first and second at Newbury next time out.

There is a strong representation from Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable, with All Too Beautiful, Necklace and Kisses For Me, his contenders.

All Too Beautiful, a full-sister to the 2001 Vodafone Derby hero Galileo, has won on her only two starts, both this year, and scored as she liked in Listed company over a mile and a quarter at Navan last month.
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