Cazoo Oaks Attracts 46 Entries


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A total of 46 3-year-old fillies have been entered in the G1 Cazoo Oaks and 20 horses have stood their ground for the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs on June 3. Two dozen fillies represent the home team, and John and Thady Gosden train the 2021 Cartier Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}) for Cheveley Park Stud. She sports three black-type wins including the G1 Fillies' Mile on Oct. 8. G3 Flame of Tara S. victress Magical Lagoon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was unplaced in that affair for Zhang Yuesheng and the Jessica Harrington yard.

Mise En Scene (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) captured the G3 Prestige S. at Goodwood on Aug. 28 for Qatar Racing and James Ferguson. Fourth in the Fillies' Mile, she went on to compete in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 5. Kirsten Rausing's Kawida (GB) (Sir Percy {GB}) gave trainer Ed Walker a score in the Listed Montrose S. at Newmarket on Oct. 30, defeating Godolphin's With The Moonlight (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) in third.

Also entered is Her Majesty The Queen's Perfect Alibi (GB) (Le Havre {Ire}) from the yard of William Haggas. If successful, the unraced filly would be the third Oaks heroine for The Queen, who won the Oaks with Carrozza (GB) (Dante {GB}) in 1957 and Dunfermline (GB) (Royal Palace {GB}) in 1977. The latter succeeded during the year of Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee. The June 4 G1 Cazoo Derby will form part of the official celebrations for the upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

The Irish challenge is very strong in 2022, with 21 entered at this stage, led by 14 from the Coolmore partners/Aidan O'Brien camp. G3 Weld Park S. victress Concert Hall (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) holds an entry, as does Only (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}, the daughter of dual Classic heroine Winter (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

Another member of the Irish contingent is the listed-placed Tranquil Lady (Ire) (Australia {GB}) in the colours of Teme Valley from Joseph O'Brien's stable.

Juddmonte's undefeated filly Agave (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), who won the G3 Prix Penelope on Apr. 2, has been entered as the only French-trained representative for Andre Fabre in the fillies' Classic.

Godolphin's 2021 G1 Cazoo Derby hero Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) anchors the Coronation, alongside his Charlie Appleby stablemate and fellow Classic winner Hurricane Lane (Ire) (Frankel {GB}). Appleby is also considering the Epsom Downs contest for GI Breeders' Cup Turf hero Yibir (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}).

Other Group 1 winners nominated at this point are: Ali Saeed's Teona (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}); Gear Up (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) for Joseph O'Brien in the silks of Teme Valley; the La Pyle Partnership's Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) from the yard of William Muir and Chris Grassick; Shadwell's Eshaada (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}) for Roger Varian; and Sir Mark Prescott is represented by three-time German Group 1 winner Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) for Kirsten Rausing.

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