Crystal Zvezda: 9-2 second favourite for the Oaks on FridayPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com)
Hughes in line to ride Crystal Zvezda in Oaks
RICHARD HUGHES is set to ride second favourite Crystal Zvezda in the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday.
The champion jockey partnered the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Newbury winner for the first time on the Limekilns in Newmarket on Saturday morning.
He said: "I'm hoping to ride her in the Oaks. She's a lovely staying filly and gave me a lovely feel."
Stoute has been on the lookout for a new jockey for Crystal Zvezda as Ryan Moore, who partnered the filly to an impressive three-and-a-half length success in the Listed Haras de Bouquetot Fillies' Trial Stakes, is set to be claimed to ride for the Coolmore partners.
Hughes steered Talent to victory in the 2013 Oaks at Epsom, his first win in the race, while Stoute has twice landed the fillies' Classic, the last time coming with Unite in 1987.
Crystal Zvezda, owned by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, is the 9-2 second favourite for the Investec Oaks behind Qipco 1,000 Guineas winner Legatissimo.