Sobetsu swerves Epsom Oaks

Charlie Appleby, trainer of Sobetsu

Charlie Appleby's Prix Saint-Alary winner Sobetsu will swerve the Investec Oaks in favour of a crack at the Prix de Diane.

In the immediate aftermath of her Group One win connections were keen to stress wherever the ground was softest she would end up.

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However, talks have already taken place with Sheikh Mohammed and the filly has been ruled out of Epsom.

"John (Ferguson, Godolphin chief executive and racing manager) and I have discussed it with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, and the final decision is that we target the Prix de Diane," Appleby told

"The ground at Deauville, which in my opinion was good to soft, was a key factor in her success, and she is more likely to get the ground she likes at Chantilly than at Epsom."

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