Saffron Beach WILL run at Epsom in Oaks after owners come round to trainer plans

SAFFRON Beach has been given the green light to line up in the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom next month.

The 1000 Guineas runner-up's trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam has convinced her owners to take a swing at the fillies' Classic on June 4.

The plan had been to travel to Ireland for their 1000 Guineas, but connections have since switched their attention to Epsom.

And Saffron Beach teed herself up for the Group 1 with a gallop behind closed doors this morning at the famous course.

With her plan confirmed, the bookies make her a general 11-1 shot for the showpiece.

Chapple-Hyam said: "I think the owners were right to look at all the trials and not rush a decision, then they made their decision on Friday, so I'm pleased that we sat and waited.

"Like anything, you sleep on it and wake up in the morning and think different. Well they had a good week's sleep on it, and I think they have made the right decision.

"She has put on six kilograms and I'm thrilled with that as coming here today would tighten her up a little bit, so that has got to be good.

"Her character, when she gets on a racetrack, she is just bold and strong and she just runs to the line. She was well worth the wait as she wasn't rushed as a two-year-old to run.

"She has only had four runs under her belt, so she is lightly raced coming into this. She has got a good mind and good legs."


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Big-race pilot Adam Kirby was on board as Saffron Beach enjoyed a racecourse workout with a companion.

The trainer continued: "She was nice and relaxed. She was on the right lead and you would have to be happy with that. Getting her relaxed was the main thing," said Chapple-Hyam.

"She gets her neck down low and stretches out and I was pleased to see that. It was very important she was on the correct lead leg, as when they turn into the straight, there is a camber and it takes them down to the far rail and you have to be aware of that.

"She did it on soft ground in the Oh So Sharp, but I'd imagine we have got a couple of more days of bad rain, then it should start drying out.

"I think she will get the trip, as does Adam. Her exercise rider thinks she will get it and her owners think she will get it. We are all in the same boat."


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