Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rhododendron Ready to Bloom in Oaks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rhododendron Ready to Bloom in Oaks

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AIDAN O'BRIEN can stay on course for a clean sweep of this year's British Classics by winning the Investec Oaks at Epsom tomorrow with Rhododendron, writes Jonathan Hunn.

O'Brien has already scooped the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas this season courtesy of Churchill and Winter and Rhododendron can keep the ball rolling.

If she or stablemates Alluringly and Pocketfullofdreams land the PS500,000 feature, then all eyes will be on the trainer's possible seven runners in Saturday's Investec Derby.

The Derby is so wide open this year that bookmakers are betting 9-2 the field. It is a different story in the Oaks because Rhododendron looks the outstanding candidate and she is trading at around evens to beat her nine rivals. The daughter of Galileo was last season's leading two-year-old filly and many expected her to land last month's 1,000 Guineas. However, Ryan Moore's mount ran out of racing room about two furlongs out (right) and Winter had already flown by the time they got free. …

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