Epsom Oaks News: Emily Upjohn heads tip-top twelve confirmed for fillies' Classic

It looks to be a vintage Classic in store as 12 have been confirmed for the Epsom Cazoo Oaks on Friday, June 3. The Gosdens' Emily Upjohn heads the market but with serious layers of quality behind.

There's no downward momentum for John and Thady Gosden's Emily Upjohn as the filly tops the list of twelve confirmed for the Epsom Cazoo Oaks on Friday, June 3.

The Gosdens' Sea The Stars filly was an impressive winner of the Musidora Stakes under Frankie Dettori and will likely go off extremely short at Epsom.

John Gosden has won the one mile, four furlongs fillies' Group 1 on three occasions via Taghrooda, Enable and Anapurna and will bid for a fourth in conjunction with his son Thady, who he co-trains with.

Ironically, the greatest challenger to Emily Upjohn could be stablemate Nashwa, due to be ridden by Hollie Doyle, a Frankel filly of tremendous quality, who prepped for the Oaks by winning the Haras De Bouquetot Fillies' Trial Stakes in good style.

Meanwhile, there will be a significant Irish challenge for the Classic from Aidan O'Brien, who has an epic nine Oaks wins under his belt.

O'Brien's Concert Hall and Tuesday are looming in the betting market behind the Gosden duo.

Galileo filly Tuesday has placed in both the English and Irish versions of the 1000 Guineas while Concert Hall was a useful third in the Irish 1000 Guineas. Thoughts of June and The Algarve complete the O'Brien quartet.

As expected, Godolphin have an interesting runner in the form of Charlie Appleby's consistent With The Moonlight who was a strong winner of the Pretty Polly at Newmarket last time out.

Joseph Patrick O'Brien will be trying to out-do his dad by sending Australia filly Tranquil Lady to the Downs with the three-year-old another comfortable winner in the Oaks build-up after a four lengths victory in the Group 3 Blue Wind at Naas.

Indeed, the strength in depth of the Oaks is reinforced by the presence of Tom Clover's Rogue Millennium, who has been supplemented at a cost of £25,000.

The unbeaten Dubawi filly was a 15/2 winner of the Linfield Oaks Trial and booked her place in this year's Epsom Oaks with a game head success over George Boughey's Mystic Wells.

The Epsom Cazoo Oaks takes place on Friday, June 3 at Epsom racecourse. The Group 1 Classic is run over one miles and four furlongs and is worth £311,026 for the winner. The race will be live on ITV Racing.

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