Epsom Oaks 50-1 market mover Divinely working well at Ballydoyle
Cazoo Oaks market mover Divinely has pleased in her preparation for Friday's Classic, trainer Aidan O'Brien says.
The well-bred filly was 50-1 with Coral at the start of last week and has been backed right down to 8-1.
Fourth in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, Divinely will be joined by several stablemates, led by ante-post favourite Santa Barbara.
Ballydoyle handler O'Brien is seeking a ninth success in the race – and Snowfall, La Joconde and Willow complete the team.
They were among a field of 14 declared on Wednesday morning.
“Divinely, we always liked her a lot and she is a sister to Found (winner of 2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf and 2016 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe)," O'Brien said yesterday.
"She won a Group Three last year and had one run at Lingfield this year.
"I remember Ryan said after he was delighted with her.
"They went very slow and it didn’t suit her but he was happy with her run.
"Her work has been very nice since and her figures from her work have been coming out very high so that is usually a very good sign.”
Santa Barbara finished a close fourth to stable companion Mother Earth in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, only the second run of her career to date.
"Everything has gone well since," O'Brien said.
"We were delighted with her run in the Guineas. It was a big ask for her and for us she passed the test we put in front of her with flying colours and for us to ask her to do anymore wouldn’t have been right.
“We were delighted she ran a big race and showed us what she can do.
"The ground was quick that day and it makes it a little bit more tricky for a horse with not a lot of experience at Newmarket because they race hard into that dip and they can get found out, but we were delighted with the way she travelled and she showed us the class she showed us at home."
Snowfall, a shock 14-1 winner of the Musidora Stakes, is another leading contender.
"We think maybe that going up in trip on better ground, and her having another year under her belt to get stronger has all come together," O'Brien said.
"She has always worked like a filly that had loads of class but just didn’t get it together last year. She wintered very well and Ryan (Moore) was delighted at York.”
Coral's David Stevens said Divinely has proved the most popular O'Brien entrant in their ante-post book.
"She didn't look like a prospective Oaks winner when finishing just fourth in Lingfield's trial last month, but some punters certainly believe she will improve considerably for that run, as her Epsom odds have been in freefall in recent days," he added.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Noon Star did not make the final field due to a setback.
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