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2016 Epsom Oaks runners - The trainers give their verdict on Friday's leading contenders

Nick Wilby 3 Jun 2016
Minding is favourite for the Epsom Oaks on Friday.

The Epsom Oaks takes place on Friday afternoon and a whole host of fillies will have a chance of tasting Classic glory in the Group One.

Minding is the market leader for the contest, but a number of leading trainers are also feeling confident ahead of the highlight.

MINDING - Aidan O’Brien (trainer)

"She's in good form and we're happy with her since the last day. Obviously she hasn't done much, but we're happy with her.

"We can't be sure about the trip by any means. She has form in soft ground but going a mile and a half first time, you wouldn't be sure about it.

"It's her first time over a mile and a half and we're looking forward to seeing her run over it."

SOMEHOW - Aidan O’Brien (trainer)

"Somehow was very green at Chester. She handles an ease in the ground and it looks like one that will get a mile and a half.

"We're hoping that she has learned a lot from Chester and we think that she has come forward.

SEVENTH HEAVEN - Aidan O’Brien (trainer)

"Seventh Heaven looked green and a bit at sea in front at Lingfield. She was probably more green than anything.

"We think she has come forward. I don't think she wants the ground to get too soft, but she's in good form."

SKIFFLE - Charlie Appleby (trainer)

"She's a nice filly and she's done nothing wrong so far. She's getting stronger all the time and we think she deserves her place in the race.

"I fully respect the favourite (Minding). She was obviously beaten last time, but there were reasons for that with the conditions and she's a very good filly.

"Hopefully our filly can continue improving and if she runs into a place, I'll be delighted."

DIAMONDS POUR MOI - Ralph Beckett (trainer)

"That Chester form hasn't exactly been franked. She worked well on Saturday and is a tough, light-framed filly. We're punting, but if you're not in it you can't win it."

ARCHITECTURE - Huge Palmer (trainer)

"Fillies don't have quite the same arrogance, but she's not without kinks.

"Her rider has to take a lead rein out in the morning and get off her going home. She makes some extraordinary shapes but, touch wood, she's beautifully balanced and lands every triple salchow with absolute precision. Now I've said that, she will probably end up on her bum tomorrow.

"She handled softish ground very well at Epsom's Breakfast With The Stars last week. There's a difference between galloping and running on it, but she also won her maiden on soft ground last year.

"If Minding is as brilliant over a mile and a half as she is over a mile, then we are all in serious trouble. However, I feel that there is every chance that she won't stay, on pedigree and style of racing, and that is obviously my hope, too."

HARLEQUEEN - Mick Channon (trainer)

"I don't think the problem was her greenness at York, they just went no pace and sprinted.

"I know she's a good filly, but if she's good enough to beat the likes of Minding, we'll see. She's a good filly, though."


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