GBI RACING

Lah Ti Dar leads the way as 21 stand Oaks ground

A distant view of Lah Ti Dar during the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket (Tim Goode/PA)

Lah Ti Dar is one of 21 fillies remaining in the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday, June 1.

Trained by John Gosden, the regally-bred youngster is by Dubawi out of Dar Re Mi and is looking to give the Clarehaven handler back-to-back wins in the race after Enable last year.

She was propelled to the head of the betting for the Classic when winning the Pretty Polly at Newmarket on just her second start, remaining unbeaten in the process.

“Lah Ti Dar is in great form and she has done everything right,” said Gosden.

“We are going to pop down to Breakfast with the Stars at Epsom Downs on Tuesday with her, all being well, and have a little breeze around the track with Frankie Dettori on and see where we go from there.”

Wild Illusion, already a Group One winner, is the big hope for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby. She was fourth in the Guineas on her return.

“Wild Illusion has come out of the Guineas well and she has definitely come forward for that run,” said Appleby.

“We have always said that we cannot wait to step her up in trip and we feel that is going to be her forte.

“Her dam is a staying mare and Wild Illusion has shown from last year all the indications that going up in trip is going to suit her.

“She is a very straightforward filly – ever since day one. She has raced close to the pace in the past because we always felt she just wants a trip.

“Going the mile and a half, she is versatile and is not keen. I am sure William (Buick) will work out the pace on the day and decide where he needs to be in the race.

“She has raced twice at Chantilly, right-handed, and is yet to encounter a left-handed course, but I felt she handled the undulations very well at Newmarket – a far cry from Epsom of course, but even so we have seen plenty of horses caught out in the dip.

“She has passed that test well and I have not been drawn into thinking that I need to go to Epsom to have a spin around to get experience.”

Aidan O’Brien has 11 left in including Happily, Magic Wand, Magical, Forever Together, I Can Fly and Bye Bye Baby.

Trial winners Give And Take and Perfect Clarity, Thursday’s impressive Salisbury winner Sun Maiden and the well bred Sea Of Class are still in the mix.

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