Sobetsu declared for Investec Oaks

Charlie Appleby chats with William Buick

Group One-winning filly Sobetsu has been declared for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

The daughter of Dubawi was an impressive winner of the Prix Saint-Alary at Deauville on her seasonal reappearance earlier this month, after which connections hinted the French Oaks at Chantilly would be her Classic target.

However, with conditions at Epsom currently suitable, she is in line for a first appearance over a mile and a half.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: "She's been declared and all the indications are that on Friday it could be perfectly good ground.

"We know she appreciates a bit of cut and she doesn't want it too quick, but we wouldn't want it too testing on her first start over a mile and a half either.

"Good ground over a mile and a half should be fine for her and who's to say in two weeks' time for the French Oaks it won't be quick ground?

"We'd look a bit silly if that was the case and we'd missed the Oaks at Epsom when the ground was suitable.

"I wouldn't rule out doing the two. With the races over two weeks apart that wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility."


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