Duo hope to unsettle Oaks favourites

04 July 2020 01:52:48 GMTPlus10

The Investec Oaks is widely seen as a two-horse race but nobody told Roger Varian or Peter Chapple-Hyam, who are both keen to crash the party.

Love and Frankly Darling dominate betting in a classic their trainers Aidan O'Brien and John Gosden have won between them for the last six years - and in which they provide five runners this time.

But Varian, fresh from sending out four winners at a successful Royal Ascot, is optimistic for Pretty Polly Stakes runner-up Queen Daenerys at Epsom.

"She did the best of those who raced off the pace at Newmarket and I thought she was a very comfortable second," he said.

"She just got tired in the final 100 yards when fitness told. I thought she needed the run and I like how she stayed on from four out.

"It was quite a gruelling race actually, she had to work hard from the four pole and all she did was lengthen. I think you’d call her a lively outsider. She needs to find improved form to win an Oaks but she’s not done much wrong in her career and is still on the upgrade.

Varian also runs Newbury maiden winner Gold Wand and said: "It's not a big field and the ground should be good so I think it’s the right circumstances to have a go with a bit of an inexperienced one.

"She's a classy filly, it’s a shame we've not had time to get two runs into her before the Oaks. She shows a lot of ability and hasn't done a lot wrong on the track."

Meanwhile, Chapple-Hyam, who has won the Derby with Dr Devious and Authorized in the past, hopes for a big run from Ribblesdale Stakes fourth Bharani Star.

"It's going to be tough but she seems to have improved from Royal Ascot and I'm very pleased with her at home," he said.

"With hindsight, I think she probably could have finished closer at Ascot and I think she has progressed again from the Ribblesdale."

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