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Ballydoyle beats Turret Rocks for an Ireland one two-in the Boussac

Ballydoyle (left): missed the Irish 1,000 Guineas and will miss the Oaks

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Ballydoyle to miss Oaks but Minding on target

BALLYDOYLE, the second favourite for the Investec Oaks, will miss the Epsom Classic, trainer Aidan O'Brien has revealed.

Royal Ascot or Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly next month is set to be the next port of call for Ballydoyle, who finished an encouraging second to Minding in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.


Ballydoyle, who was a general 4-1 shot for Epsom behind 5-4 chance Minding, was forced to miss the Irish 1,000 Guineas last weekend due to an unsatisfactory blood picture two days before the race.

And O'Brien told the Racing Post on Friday: "Ballydoyle won't be going to Epsom. Her bloods have improved but she wouldn't be ready for the Oaks.

"We have two options for her next month if she continues to progress - the Coronation Stakes or French Oaks."

Minding still in the mix

Minding's bid for the Newmarket-Curragh Classic double was thwarted by Jet Setting last weekend, but she could still end up a dual Classic winner.

Minding, who was beaten a head at the Curragh, was found to have a swelling on the side of her face and a cut on her nostril after banging her head leaving the stalls.

"She's had an easy week and seems to be fine," O'Brien said. "The Oaks is still the plan once everyone is happy with her and with her work early next week."

O'Brien has another leading fancy in Pretty Polly Stakes third Even Song, and Ireland have a very strong hand generally, with Jim Bolger set to run Turret Rocks, who was sixth behind Minding at Newmarket on her reappearance. 

Skiffle - who will be supplemented on Saturday subject to pleasing Godolphin in a morning workout - and Lingfield Oaks Trial runner-up Architecture are the leading British-trained hopes according to bookmakers.

The going at Epsom on Friday was good, with showers possible on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

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