By Simon Jackson.
Ralph Beckett has already won the Oaks twice with outsiders and bids do it again when he saddles 40-1 shot Bellajeu in the fillies’ long-distance Classic on Friday.
Becket first won the Oaks in 2008 with 33-1 shot Look Here. He repeated the feat in 2013 when he saddled the first two home as his 20-1 shot Talent beat her better fancied stablemate Secret Gesture.
Bellajeu looks set to face a maximum on 12 rivals in the £450,000 Oaks on Friday following news ahead of the final declaration stage on Wednesday (June 3) that Found is likely to bypass the Group 1 contest and head straight to Royal Ascot.
Bellajeu, a daughter of Montjeu, was second in the Listed Oaks Trial at Lingfield Park at her last start in early May and Beckett believes she warrants her place in the field where the betting is headed by Qipco 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo at 5-2.
“Bellajeu has been training well since Lingfield and I am happy with her condition and how she is looking,” Beckett said.
“I wouldn’t say we are tilting at windmills but she is still a maiden and we are coming off only a placed effort in the Lingfield trial.
“Having said that, I think she is still coming forward and it’s worth a shot.”
The Investec Oaks
Group 1, £450,000 Total Prize Money. Epsom Downs, 4.30pm, Friday, June 5, 2015.
(Final declaration stage 10.00am, June 3)
|AL NAAMAH (IRE)||Al Shaqab Racing||Andre Fabre FR|
|BELLAJEU||QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/M Al Kubaisi||Ralph Beckett|
|CRYSTAL ZVEZDA||Sir Evelyn De Rothschild||Sir Michael Stoute|
|DIAMONDSANDRUBIES (IRE)||Roisin Henry/Sue Magnier||Aidan O’Brien IRE|
|FOUND (IRE)||Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier||Aidan O’Brien IRE|
|JACK NAYLOR||Gerard Byrne||Jessica Harrington IRE|
|JAZZI TOP||Helena Springfield Ltd||John Gosden|
|LADY OF DUBAI||Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum||Luca Cumani|
|LEGATISSIMO (IRE)||Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier||David Wachman IRE|
|LOCAL TIME||Godolphin||Saeed bin Suroor|
|QUALIFY (IRE)||Mrs C C Regalado-Gonzalez||Aidan O’Brien IRE|
|STAR OF SEVILLE||Lady Bamford||John Gosden|
|TOGETHER FOREVER (IRE)||Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith||Aidan O’Brien IRE|
|WEDDING VOW (IRE)||Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier||Aidan O’Brien IRE|
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