Anipa added to Oaks line-up

  • Last Updated: May 31 2014, 17:41 BST

Chester winner Anipa has been supplemented to Friday's Investec Oaks at Epsom, for which 20 potential runners remain.

Anipa (left) in winning action at Chester
Anipa (left) in winning action at Chester

The Roger Varian-trained filly has won each of her three starts this term, culminating in a half-length victory in the Listed Cheshire Oaks at the start of May.

That triumph was enough to persuade owner Nurlan Bizakov to stump up the required £30,000 to add her to the Classic field.

Varian said: "I have been pleased with Anipa since her win in the Cheshire Oaks. There was a lot to like about that performance; the way she travelled and quickened, and a track like Epsom holds no fears for her.

"She needs to improve again to win an Oaks, but we feel that the manner of her Cheshire Oaks victory more than entitles her to take her chance," he told www.varianstable.com

Anipa has been installed as a 16/1 chance in the betting for the race with Sky Bet.

Anipa is one of four supplementary entries for the race with Ralph Beckett's Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Honor Bound and the Hughie Morrison-trained Height Of Fashion Stakes victor Marsh Daisy also added to the field.

Honor Bound will be running in new colours in the fillies' Classic. Beckett said: "She has been bought by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa (Al Thani). It's a development that has been finalised in the last few days.

"It will be the first horse I have trained for him, but I already train for his nephews. He has owned many nice horses, including Flotilla, and I'm delighted to welcome him to the yard."

Tony Coyle has also put his Musidora runner-up Lily Rules into the 12-furlong contest, which as a result now has a total of 20 fillies in contention at the five-day stage.

Malton-based Coyle reported: "I brought Lily Rules over to Richard Fahey's gallops this morning for her final piece of work, just to take her away somewhere, and she worked very, very well.

"She is ready to go and the more rain, the better for her. She loves cut in the ground and it looks like that there will be plenty of it next week, so that's what swayed it for us. She goes on good going but she is just more effective on soft because she handles it better than a lot of other fillies.

"We fancied her to run a big race at York. She was very unlucky in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket - when the gaps came, she wasn't quite quick enough to go for them because seven furlongs is way too short for her.

"She started off over five furlongs but she is out of a Giant's Causeway mare and ran well over a mile in a Listed race at Haydock Park last year, when she was third and Chriselliam was second.

"What she lacks in ability, she makes up for in toughness - she is as tough as old boots. We are going down to Epsom Downs hopeful rather than confident and we would be over the moon if she finished in the first five."

Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Marvellous is one of six possible runners for Aidan O'Brien. The Ballydoyle handler also has Bracelet, Dazzling, Palace, Tapestry and Wonderfully under consideration.

Beckett has a second string to his bow in Regardez while David Simcock could field both Musidora winner Madame Chiang and Momentus.

John Gosden's Taghrooda has been towards the head of the market since her Pretty Polly Stakes win at the start of May and she is one of two contenders for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum along with the Dermot Weld-trained Tarfasha.

Ihtimal, who finished third in the 1000 Guineas, is the sole Godolphin hope for Saeed bin Suroor with Ed Dunlop having two runners in Amazing Maria and Island Remede.

Peter Chapple-Hyam's Inchila and the Luca Cumani-trained Volume round out the potential field.