Epsom Oaks

Champion Snow Fairy Retired

Multiple Group 1-winner Snow Fairy, who won races from England to Japan, was retired Tuesday after re-injuring her near-fore tendon. In a statement to the British racing press, trainer Ed Dunlop said: “It is with much sadness that a decision was made this morning to retire Snow Fairy. Unfortunately, after a routine piece of fast […]

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Was upsets Epsom Oaks, gives trainer O’Brien 200th Group 1 win

Longshot Was, trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Seamus Heffernan, won the Epsom Oaks over longshot Shirocco Star, reports the Racing Post. Favored The Fugue finished third. The win was the first major British win for Heffernan. For O’Brien, the victory by Was, was O’Brien’s 200th Group 1 triumph and his fourth win in […]

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Frankie Dettori sharing Godolphin mounts with Barzalona, de Sousa

Jockeys Frankie Dettori, Mickael Barzalona and Silvestre de Sousa have all been formally retained by Godolphin, reports The Guardian. Dettori had been the go-to rider, and only jockey officially retained. Simon Crisford, Godolphin’s spokersperson, said the reason for signing new riders is not a loss of faith in Dettori but rather an indicator of how […]

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Dettori suspended after Epsom Oaks incident

Jockey Frankie Dettori was handed a 10-day suspension Friday after he dropped his hands on the favorite, Blue Bunting, who finished fourth in the Epsom Oaks.  The riding ban means Dettori will miss the final two days of Royal Ascot and will have to give up his mount on Delegator in the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

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Longshot Dancing Rain wires field in Epsom Oaks

With a masterful ride from three-time Epsom Derby winner Johnny Murtagh, Dancing Rain took the Epsom Oaks Friday with a gate-to-wire run at 20-1.  The daughter of Danehill Dancer won by three-quarters of a length over the race’s second choice, Wonder Of Wonders.

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