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Minding heads Oaks field of nine

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Third favourite Even Song was withdrawn by trainer Aidan O’Brien as nine horses were declared for the Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

O’Brien’s 1000 Guineas winner Minding heads the line-up, with High How The Moon the other horse to be pulled out

Minding, runner-up in the Irish Guineas, is one of three runners for the Ballydoyle trainer, who also saddles Seventh Heaven and Somehow.

Supplementary entry Skiffle is rated the second favourite by bookmakers.

Skiffle, for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby, was added to the fillies’ Classic at a cost of £30,000, taking the total prize fund to £475,000.

The nine acceptors for the Oaks at Epsom are: Architecture, Australian Queen, Diamonds Pour Moi, Harlequeen, Minding, Seventh Heaven, Skiffle, Somehow and Turret Rocks.

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