Cazoo Oaks: Where Did They Come From?


John/Thady Gosden have two members of the Oaks field
| Emma Berry


This year's G1 Cazoo Oaks is an up-to-scratch renewal. Aidan O'Brien runs four, with Ryan Moore electing to ride Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Tuesday, while John and Thady Gosden are double-handed with short-priced favourite Emily Upjohn and Nashwa. Emily Upjohn cost just 60,000gns as a yearling while Tom Clover's Rogue Millennium, unbeaten in both of her starts, is another bargain buy that will line up in this year's Classic after she changed hands to join her current connections for just 35,000gns. We took a look at the story behind each of the 11 fillies that will step forward in the Epsom Classic on Friday afternoon and find out where they all came from.


CONCERT HALL (IRE), Dubawi (Ire)–Was (Ire) (Galileo {Ire})
Owner: D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, M Tabor, Westerberg
Breeder: Was Syndicate
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Pedigree Notes: Her dam Was stormed to Oaks glory 10 years ago under Seamie Heffernan. Was is from the family of G1 Derby victor New Approach (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and is a sister to stakes winners Douglas MacArthur (Ire), Amhran Na Bhfiann (Ire) and the dual Group 3-placed Al Naamah (Ire), as well as a half-sister to listed winner Janood (Ire) (Medicean {GB}). Concert Hall is followed by an unraced 2-year-old sister and a filly foal by Wootton Bassett (GB) this year.


EMILY UPJOHN (GB), Sea The Stars (Ire)–Hidden Brief (GB) (Barathea {Ire})
'TDN Rising Star'.
Owner: Tactful Finance & S Roden
Breeder: Lordship Stud & Sunderland Holding Inc
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Sales History: The heavy favourite for this year's Oaks will provide many people with reason to dream, as she was knocked down for just 60,000gns during Book 2 of the Tattersalls Yearling Sale in October 2020.
Pedigree Notes: Emily Upjohn has a pedigree that belies that 60,000gns price tag. The race favourite is a half-sister to two winners, while her dam Hidden Brief is a winning sister to Hazarista (Ire) and a half-sister to Hazariya (Ire) (Xaar {GB}), both of whom were black-type performers for John Oxx. More pertinently, Hazariya is the dam of dual Derby winner Harzand (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). Hidden Brief has a yearling filly by Capella Sansevero (GB).


KAWIDA (GB), Sir Percy (GB)–Kandahari (GB) (Archipenko)
Owner/Breeder: Miss K Rausing
Trainer: Ed Walker
Pedigree Notes: Kawida is the first foal out of the dual winner Kandahari, herself a half-sister to triple Australian Group 1 winner Zaaki (GB) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}). She has a 2-year-old full-sister called Khinjani (GB) (Sir Percy {GB}), who has yet to race, and a yearling half-sister by Sea The Moon (Ger).


MOON DE VEGA (GB), Lope De Vega (Ire)–Lunesque (Ire) (Azamour {Ire})
Owner: Regents Consulting
Breeder: Montcastle Bloodstock Ltd
Trainer: Ralph Beckett
Pedigree Notes: Her dam carried the colours of Lady O'Reilly to victory in France and is a half-sister to a French Group 3 winner, a listed juvenile scorer and a listed-placed performer. Lunesque has a 2-year-old colt named Sir Cilia (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) and her 2021 filly Night of Thunder (Ire).


NASHWA (GB), Frankel (GB)–Princess Lulu (Ire) (Pivotal {GB})
'TDN Rising Star'.
Owner: Imad Alsagar
Breeder: Blue Diamond Stud Farm (uk) Ltd
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Pedigree Notes: A half-sister to three-time winner Louganini (GB) (Zoffany {Ire}), Nashwa is followed by a Decorated Knight (GB) yearling half-sister and a colt foal by Dubawi (Ire). Her dam won three times, including at listed level over 10 furlongs, and was runner-up in the G1 Prix Jean Rommanet.


ROGUE MILLENNIUM (IRE) Dubawi (Ire)–Hawaafez (GB) (Nayef)
Owner: The Rogues Gallery
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited
Trainer: Tom Clover
Sales History: Another castoff from a major outfit, Rogue Millennium was bought for just 35,000gns by JS Bloodstock from Shadwell at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale last year.
Pedigree Notes: Out of the G3 Cumberland Lodge S. heroine Hawaafez, who is a great granddaughter of Wedding Bouquet (GB) (Kings Lake), Rogue Millennium is a sister to the winning Khatm (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Wedding Bouquet herself is a dual Grade/Group 3 victress, who was third in the G1 Phoenix S. and is a half-sister to Irish Horse of the Year Generous (Ire) (Caerleon). Hawaafez was also dispersed by Shadwell and caught the eye of Blandford Bloodstock for 14,000gns at the Tattersalls February Mixed Sale. She has an unraced 2-year-old filly by Awtaad (Ire) named Naomi Lapaglia (GB) and a yearling filly by Kingman (GB).


THE ALGARVE, American Pharoah–Imagine (Ire) (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Mrs David Nagle,Coolmore & Westerberg
Breeder: Barronstown Stud
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Pedigree Notes: The 13th and final foal out of Imagine, who won the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas in 2001 before winning this race for Aidan O'Brien, the bay is from the same family as three-time American champion turf mare Trillion (Hail To Reason). Imagine is a proven producer of high-class horses, six of which have achieved black-type, including G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Horatio Nelson (Ire) (Danehill) and Van Gogh, a full-brother to The Algarve, who won the G1 Criterium International.


THOUGHTS OF JUNE (IRE), Galileo (Ire)–Discreet Marq (Discreet Cat)
Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor
Breeder: Moyglare Stud Farm
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Pedigree Notes: From an ultra-tough family, she is a sister to a winner, while her dam Discreet Marq won six times in America, including the GI Del Mar Oaks before she was picked up for $2.4 million by Moyglare Stud at Fasig-Tipton November in November 2014.


TRANQUIL LADY (IRE), Australia (GB)–Repose (Quiet American)
Owner: Teme Valley
Breeder: Tinnakill Bloodstock Ltd
Trainer: Joseph O'Brien
Sales History: Failed to sell at the November Foal Sale at Goffs in 2019, however, she was knocked down from Tinnakill House to Richard Ryan for £160,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale in October 2020.
Pedigree Notes: The family has taken off in recent times, largely down to globetrotting star State Of Rest (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}), who has won three Group 1 races on three different continents. Tranquil Lady's unraced juvenile half-sister Double Scoop (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) was sold for €180,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale last year. Their dam also has a Sea The Stars (GB) filly foal at foot and was recently sold to Juddmonte in foal to Frankel (GB).


TUESDAY (IRE), Galileo (Ire)–Lillie Langtry (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire})
Owner: Mrs John Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Westerberg
Breeder: Coolmore
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Pedigree Notes: A full-sister to the brilliant 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner Minding (Ire), Irish 1000 Guineas scorer Empress Josephine (Ire) and Group 3 scorer Kissed By Angels (Ire), out of top-class racemare Lillie Langtry, who won the G1 Matron and G1 Coronation S., Tuesday turns three on Cazoo Oaks Day. Her 2-year-old full-sister has been named Delightful (Ire), but has yet to grace the track.


WITH THE MOONLIGHT (IRE), Frankel (GB)–Sand Vixen (GB) (Dubawi {Ire})
Owner/Breeder: Godolphin
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Pedigree Notes: A sister to Dream Castle, winner of a Group 1 over nine furlongs at Meydan, she is the sixth foal out of Sand Vixen, who won the G2 Flying Childers S. as a juvenile. Sand Vixen has a yearling filly by Cracksman (GB) and a filly foal by Blue Point (Ire).

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