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Fifty-eight entries for the Betfred Oaks on May 31 have been revealed, led by last season’s champion juvenile filly Opera Singer (Justify). The G1 Prix Marcel Boussac winner remains the market leader despite the recent announcement by her trainer Aidan O’Brien that she may miss the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket following a minor setback in training. 

Her stable-mate Ylang Ylang (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is also among the 13 fillies to have been entered from Ballydoyle. Irish trainers Noel Meade, Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld have one entry apiece while Paddy Twomey has entered Purple Lily (Ire) (Calyx {GB}) and One Look (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}).

Ralph Beckett has the strongest representation among the British-based trainers with nine fillies engaged at this stage. These include the maiden winner Treasure (GB) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), owned by the King and Queen. 

Britain’s champion training partnership of John and Thady Gosden, which won last year’s Oaks with Lady Bamford’s Soul Sister (Ire), has five entries, including Cheveley Park Stud’s Regal Jubilee (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who is currently third-favourite for the fillies’ Classic. 

Making Dreams (GB) (Make Believe {GB}), the winner of Monday’s G3 Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud, is one of four entries for Karl Burke. She races in the colours of Nick Bradley Racing, the syndicate which fielded the 2021 Oaks runner-up Mystery Angel (Ire).

The sole French entry for the race is the Group 3-placed Dare To Dream (Fr) (Camelot {GB}), who is trained by Chantilly-based Irishman Gavin Hernon. 

Friday’s card for the Betfred Derby meeting includes the G1 Coronation Cup, which could see a rematch between the first two home in last year’s Derby, Auguste Rodin (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and King Of Steel (Wootton Bassett {GB}).

The reigning Coronation Cup champion Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) is also among the 23 entries, which include the St Leger winner Continuous (Ire) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}) and German Horse of the Year Fantastic Moon (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}).


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