Aiden O’Brien would love a 1000 Guineas/Oaks double
We take a look at the field for the 2020 Oaks and why Aiden O’Brien is rerouting Peaceful (odds from Paddy Power)
The Aiden O’Brien trained Love is aiming to pull off the 1000 Guineas/Oaks double, a feat achieved by 48 fillies most recently the O’Brien-trained Minding in 2016.
A daughter of Galileo, Love is the evens favourite with Paddy Power.
In addition to Love, O’Brien has also entered the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes second Ennistymon (8/1) and Passion (20/1).
However, the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Peaceful will now be heading to Chantilly to compete in the Prix du Diane with O’Brien saying that the Oaks prize money, reduced by half this year, doesn’t justify running both Peaceful and Love.
Winning in France would mean first-place prize money of over €342,000, double what’s on offer in total prize money at Epsom.
The master of Ballydoyle is the most successful current trainer in the Investec Oaks with seven victories – Shahtoush (1998), Imagine (2001), Alexandrova (2006), Was (2012), Qualify (2015), Minding (2016) and Forever Together (2018).
Two of the latest three runnings of the Investec Oaks have gone to horses trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori – the great Enable in 2017 and Anapurna last year.
The Gosden-Dettori combination is set to be represented on Saturday by Frankly Darling (15/8), an impressive winner of the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. She was one-and-a-quarter lengths in front of runner-up Ennistymon on the line at Royal Ascot.
Gosden has also entered Tiempo Vuela (25/1), who was an eye-catching winner on her only juvenile start but unplaced when running very freely in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on 7 June.
Another trainer doubly represented is Roger Varian with Gold Wand (10/1) and Queen Daenerys (25/1).
Gold Wand, a daughter of 2015 Investec Derby hero Golden Horn, was an impressive winner of a 10-furlong maiden at Newbury on 11 June while Queen Daenerys was runner-up to Run Wild on her return to action in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on 7 June.
Newmarket-based Varian said: “Gold Wand and Queen Daenerys are both well.
“No decision has been made yet on the Oaks.
“I need to speak with both owners and a decision won’t be made at this stage.”
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has saddled two Oaks winners courtesy of Moonshell (1995) and Kazzia (2002). His entry in 2020 is Dubai Love (25/1), runner-up in the Group 3 UAE Oaks at Meydan, Dubai in February and a close third last time out in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot.
Completing the entries are Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes fourth Bharani Star (33/1) for Peter Chapple-Hyam and the David Simcock trained Oriental Mystique (25/1).
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