(from press release)
A dozen 3-year-old fillies have reached the six-day confirmation stage for the 2009 Investec Oaks (Eng-I) on June 5 at Epsom Downs, led by Sariska and Rainbow View.
Great Britain's premier fillies’ Classic, contested at 1 1/2 miles, boasts a prize fund of £350,000.
George Strawbridge's Rainbow View, the best European filly last year, lost her unbeaten record when fifth in her seasonal debut in the stanjames.com One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket on May 2, but pleased trainer John Gosden when working at Epsom Downs on May 28.
Lady Bamford's Sariska proved an emphatic success in capturing the Three Musidora Stakes (Eng-III) for trainer Michael Bell at York on May 13.
Another popular entrant is Midday, who is trained by Henry Cecil, seeking his ninth Investec Oaks success. Midday was successful on her latest appearance in the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial.
Two Irish-trained contenders remain, including the Aidan O’Brien-conditioned Perfect Truth, successful in the Listed Cheshire Oaks last time out. Jim Bolger has left in Oh Goodness Me, who finished third in the Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) May 24.
Other leading acceptors include the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Phillipina, a fast-finishing second behind Perfect Truth in the Cheshire Oaks. Veteran handler Clive Brittain has two still engaged--Wadaat, the nose runner-up in last weekend’s Italian Oaks (Ity-II), and Nashmiah, a Listed winner at York on May 15.
John Dunlop and Ed Dunlop have both tasted victory in the Investec Oaks and the latest member of the dynasty to join the training ranks, Harry Dunlop, is set with Three Moons. She was runner-up last time out in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on May 3.
Barry Hills is represented by High Heeled. Completing the entrants are the Richard Hannon-trained The Miniver Rose and Tottie, from Amanda Perrett’s stable. The latter is owned by last year’s winner, Julian Richmond Watson.
The final declaration stage for the Investec Oaks is at 10 a.m. on June 3.