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Factfiles for the 14 runners in the £525,000 G1 Investec Oaks

Press Release 31st May 2019 Epsom Downs

By Racenews

FACTFILES FOR THE 14 RUNNERS IN THE £525,000 G1 INVESTEC OAKS
 
4.30pm, Friday, May 31
 
Anapurna
Blue Gardenia
Delphinia
Fleeting
Frankellina
Lavender's Blue
Manuela de Vega
Maqsad
Mehdaayih
Peach Tree
Pink Dogwood
Sh Boom
Tarnawa
Tauteke
 
Anapurna
Breeding: b f Frankel - Dash To The Top (Montjeu (IRE))
Born: March 31, 2016
Breeder: Meon Valley Stud
Owner: Helena Springfield Ltd
Trainer: John Gosden
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Form: 9-11
*Returned from a break to win the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial easily by six lengths on May 11.
*Two starts on the All-Weather over the winter, the latest of which saw her land a 10-furlong maiden by five lengths at Lingfield Park on January 30.
*Half-sister to four winners including Dynasty and Very Dashing.
Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £26,436      
 
Helena Springfield Ltd
Background: In the autumn of 1977, bloodstock agent Richard Galpin was dispatched to Tattersalls sales to buy four yearling fillies as possible foundation mares for Egon and Elizabeth Weinfeld. It could scarcely have been a more successful venture with three of them proving high-class performers. The Henry Cecil-trained One In A Million, who cost 18,500gns, won the 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes, stablemate Odeon (38,000gns) won the Galtres Stakes at York, while the Michael Stoute-trained Reprocolor, purchased for 25,000 guineas, won the Lingfield Oaks Trial and Lancashire Oaks and finished fourth in the Investec Oaks at Epsom. In 1979, the Weinfelds bought a farm at Bishop's Waltham in Hampshire that was named Meon Valley Stud and - breeding from the descendants of those yearling purchases - it has become one of the most successful British commercial breeding operations. Success: The stud, now covering 900 acres, has bred a string of top-class winners including 1996 Investec Oaks heroine Lady Carla, 1998 Investec Oaks runner-up Noushkey, Opera House (1991 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Coral-Eclipse, Investec Coronation Cup), Kayf Tara (1998 and 2000 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot), Colorspin (1986 Irish Oaks), Milligram (1987 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Stagecraft (1991 Prince Of Wales's Stakes), Cezanne (1994 Irish Champion Stakes), One So Wonderful (1998 Juddmonte International), Necklace (2003 Moyglare Stud Stakes), Zee Zee Top (2003 Prix de l'Opera), Izzi Top (2012 Pretty Polly Stakes & 2012 Prix Jean Romanet) and Shirocco Star (second in both 2012 Investec Oaks and Irish Oaks) and Speedy Boarding (2016 Prix Jean Romanet & 2016 Prix de l'Opera. Meon Valley Stud bred its 200th individual winner when Fantasy Fry scored at Bath in July, 2010. The stud, which has enjoyed some spectacular sales results, keeps a number of fillies (and occasionally a colt) in training, this year split between James Fanshawe, John Gosden, Hughie Morrison and Roger Varian. Egon Weinfeld died in December, 2013. His son Mark (Managing Partner) and daughter Helena Ellingsen (Partner) are actively involved with the management of the stud and many of their racehorses are leased to run in the name of the promotional company Helena Springfield. Anapurna and Investec Derby runner Telecaster were two of 21 Meon Valley Stud foals in 2016. On May 26, Quest The Moon won the G3 Prix du Lys to become the 125th stakes winner descended from Reprocolor. No previous Investec Oaks winners
 
John Gosden OBE (Clarehaven Stables, Newmarket)
Born: Lewes, Sussex, on March 30, 1951 Background: His late father Towser (1904-1967) was a trainer near Lewes in Sussex. John was educated at Eastbourne College and Cambridge University. He then worked in land management in Venezuela before returning to Britain to assist Newmarket trainer Sir Noel Murless from 1974 to 1975 and Ireland's champion Vincent O'Brien from 1976 to 1977. After a spell assisting Tommy Doyle in California, he set up as a trainer in the US in 1979 where he trained with success for nine years, sending out more than 500 winners. He saddled Robert Sangster's Royal Heroine to win the inaugural Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in 1984. Prompted by Sheikh Mohammed, he returned to Britain in 1988, to train at the owner's Stanley House Stables in Newmarket. In 2000, he moved to Robert Sangster's Manton estate in Wiltshire, but returned to Newmarket in 2005, having bought Clarehaven Stables on the Bury Road. He saddled the first and second, Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs, in the 2015 Investec Derby. Personal: He is married to Rachel Hood, a barrister who has served as President of the Racehorse Owners Association (2011-2016) and Mayor of Newmarket (2014-2015). The couple have four children - Sebastian, Serena, Theodora and Thaddeus, who is assistant trainer to his father. Hood founded and formerly chaired the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group, which has long opposed Lord Derby's Hatchfield Farm development. Accolades: British champion trainer three times - 2012, 2015 and 2018. Trained US Eclipse Award winners Bates Motel and Royal Heroine. He has trained four of the last five winners of the Horse Of The Year accolade at the Cartier Racing Awards - Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015), Enable (2017) and Roaring Lion (2018). Oversaw the career of Cracksman, who was crowned the world's joint-best horse in 2018 alongside Winx. Awarded an OBE for services to horseracing and training in the 2017 New Year Honours List. Winners: He has won more than 3,000 races around the world, including over 100 Group/Grade Ones, in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. There have been 47 Royal Ascot successes. British Classic wins (9): Investec Derby - 1997 Benny The Dip, 2015 Golden Horn; Investec Oaks - 2014 Taghrooda, 2017 Enable; QIPCO 1000 Guineas - 2000 Lahan; St Leger - 1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel. Irish Classic wins (6): Irish 2,000 Guineas - 2014 Kingman; Irish Derby - 2015 Jack Hobbs; Irish Oaks - 2012 Great Heavens, 2017 Enable; Irish St Leger - 1992 Mashaallah, 2011 Duncan-dh.  Other major wins include:  Breeders' Cup Mile (1984 Royal Heroine), Breeders' Cup Turf (2018 Enable), Breeders' Cup Classic (2008 Raven's Pass), Coronation Cup (2018 Cracksman), Coral-Eclipse (2012 Nathaniel, 2015 Golden Horn, 2018 Roaring Lion), Prince of Wales's Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 2014 The Fugue), St James's Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman, 2018 Without Parole), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina, 2012 Fallen For You), Gold Cup (2018 Stradivarius), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi, 2017 Jack Hobbs), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram, 2013 The Fugue, 2015 Golden Horn, 2018 Roaring Lion), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2011 Nathaniel, 2014 Taghrooda, 2017 Enable), Juddmonte International (2018 Roaring Lion), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2015 Golden Horn, 2017 & 2018 Enable), Prix Jacques Le Marois (2014 Kingman), Sussex Stakes (2014 Kingman), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven's Pass, 2017 Persuasive, 2018 Roaring Lion), St James's Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman), Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2017 Cracksman), Prix Ganay (2018 Cracksman)
Investec Oaks Record: Two wins from 14 runners - Taghrooda (2014) and Enable (2017)
 
Frankie Dettori
Born: December 15, 1970, Milan, Italy. Background: the son of Gianfranco, 13-time champion jockey in Italy. Frankie (christened Lanfranco) Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani's Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes and created history when riding all seven winners on the Saturday at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. Dettori survived a horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed. He was retained by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation in 1993, but it was announced in September, 2012, that the retainer would not be renewed. It was subsequently revealed he had failed a drugs test whilst riding in France. On December 5, 2012, Dettori was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance, believed to be cocaine. He returned from his ban at the 2013 Investec Derby Festival and spent five years as a retained rider for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani but now rides mainly for Newmarket trainer John Gosden and has had a lot of success thanks to that partnership. He is married to Catherine and they have five children. His best total of British winners - 233 - came in 1994 and he has ridden over 3,000 winners in Britain. Accolades/achievements: British champion apprentice in 1989 and champion jockey three times (1994, 1995 and 2004). Awarded an honorary MBE in December, 2000. He is the most successful current jockey at Royal Ascot with 60 successes. British Classic Wins (17): QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands, 2016 Galileo Gold), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting), Investec Derby (2007 Authorized, 2015 Golden Horn), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia, 2017 Enable), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliché, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit). Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Classic (2008 Raven's Pass), Breeders' Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2006 Red Rocks, 2018 Enable), Breeders' Cup Mile (1994 Barathea, 2018 Expert Eye), Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen, 2017 Enable), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard, 2017 & 2018 Enable), Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau, 2012 Colour Vision, 2018 Stradivarius), St James's Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough, 2016 Galileo Gold, 2018 Without Parole), King's Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales's Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera, 2011 Rewilding), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual, 2015 Undrafted), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend, 2007 Ramonti), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2017 & 2018 Cracksman)
Investec Oaks Record: Four wins from 22 rides - Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995), Kazzia (2005) and Enable (2017)
 
Blue Gardenia (IRE)
Breeding: gr f Mastercraftsman (IRE) - Alegra (Galileo (IRE))
Born: February 10, 2016
Breeder: Sir Robert Ogden
Owner: Sir Robert Ogden
Trainer: David O'Meara
Jockey: Jamie Spencer
Form: 32521-5
*Kept on to finish 5th (btn 3l) behind Nausha in the G3 Musidora Stakes over an extended 10 furlongs at York on May 15.
*That was her first start since shedding her maiden tag at the fifth attempt in the Listed Montrose Stakes (1m) at Newmarket in November, when she ran on strongly to score by a neck.
*From the family of dual G1 Champion Stakes heroine Alborada.
Race record: Starts: 6; Wins: 1; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £22,821
 
Sir Robert Ogden CBE
Background: After leaving the RAF, Sir Robert Ogden (born January 15, 1936) started a demolition and site clearance business, moving into property development on a huge scale. The financial rewards of his highly successful business empire, centred around the Ogden Group of Companies, based at Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, have allowed Ogden to indulge in his passion for racing. Although brought up around horses, his racing interest began via his neighbour, the haulage tycoon and former trainer Jack Hanson, and his first winner came in a five-furlong maiden on the Flat at Haydock when Midnight Melody obliged on November 12, 1975. He is worth £155 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Ogden, who dislikes publicity and rarely speaks to the media - except about his charity work - lives at Sicklinghall Stud near Wetherby, although he spends much of the year on his yacht La Masquerade with his Brazilian wife. He was knighted in 2001 for his charity efforts, which include the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Harrogate and the Robert Ogden School at Thurnscoe. Racing Interests: He was initially a major owner over Jumps and was champion owner in that sphere on three occasions (1996/97, 1999/00, 2000/01) with his best horses being Voy Por Ustedes, Marlborough, See More Business (owned jointly with Paul Barber) and Exotic Dancer. In recent years he has changed focus and now concentrates on the Flat. Big Race Wins (Flat): Irish St Leger (2010 Sans Frontieres), Hardwicke Stakes (2013 Thomas Chippendale), Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (2015 Amazing Maria), Falmouth Stakes (2015 Amazing Maria), Prix Rothschild (2015 Amazing Maria)
No previous Investec Oaks winners
 
David O'Meara (Willow Farm, Upper Helmsley, North Yorkshire)
Born: February 3, 1977 Background: raised in Fermoy, Co Cork. Rode point-to-point winners in Ireland for Michael Hourigan before joining Philip Hobbs as an amateur in August 1998. The pair combined to win the Fox Hunters' Chase over the Grand National fences with Bells Life in 2000. Turned professional and joined Tim Easterby soon after. Partnered over 120 winners under Rules. Took out a training licence in June, 2010, succeeding James Hetherton at owner Roger Fell's stables near Helmsley in Yorkshire. He has rapidly established himself as one of the brightest training talents to have emerged in recent years. He saddled 25 winners in 2010 and has trained over 100 winners every year from 2013 onwards, enjoying a best tally of 136 in 2013. He moved to Willow Farm, to the north west of York, in January, 2016. His horses earned £1,912,467 in Britain during 2018. Major wins include: Haydock Sprint Cup (2014 G Force), Prix de l'Abbaye (2014 Move In Time), Falmouth Stakes (2015 Amazing Maria), Prix Rothschild (2015 Amazing Maria), Woodbine Mile (2015 Mondialiste), Arlington Million (2016 Mondialiste), Shadwell Turf Mile (2017 Suedois)
No previous Investec Oaks runners
 
Jamie Spencer
Born: June 8, 1980, County Tipperary, Ireland. Background: Son of George Spencer, who trained Winning Fair to win the 1963 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham; went to school with Fozzy Stack, son of trainer Tommy, and rode ponies at their yard as a child. Achieved first winner on Huncheon Chance for trainer Ian Ferguson at Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, on May 11, 1996. Sprang to prominence by winning the Irish 1000 Guineas in 1998 on Stack-trained Tarascon at age of 17 when apprenticed to Liam Browne, through whose hands jockeys Mick Kinane, Mark Dwyer, Tommy Carmody and Stephen Craine had also passed. Spencer was brought over to Britain by the Stack family friend, Barney Curley, to ride Magic Combination to win over hurdles at Kempton in January, 1999. He survived a stewards' enquiry to take the 2002 Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival on Edward O'Grady-trained Pizarro, but had concentrated on the Flat and began a two-year contract with trainer Luca Cumani, based in Newmarket, in 2002. Spencer was signed up by the Coolmore team to ride as first-choice rider to replace Mick Kinane in 2004, becoming Ireland's champion jockey that year, but handed in his notice at Ballydoyle in early 2005 to go freelance. Retained jockey for Jim & Fitri Hay between 2010 and 2012 before signing a two-year deal, which commenced on January 1, 2013, to ride for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, whose horses run under the Qatar Racing Limited banner. He shocked the racing world by announcing on August 21, 2014, that he would retire from race riding at the end of the year but had a change of heart and now operates as a freelance.Accolades: Champion Apprentice Ireland (1999), Champion Jockey Ireland (2004), Champion Jockey Britain (2005 & 2007 when dead-heated with Seb Sanders). 26 Royal Ascot winners.British Classic wins: William Hill St Leger (2003 Brian Boru), Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska).Irish Classic wins: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer, 2013 Just The Judge), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2019 Phoenix Of Spain), Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska).Big-race wins include: Arlington Million (2011 Cape Blanco), Belmont Derby Invitational (2016 Deauville), Gold Cup (2011 Fame And Glory), Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Coral-Eclipse (2006 David Junior), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior), E P Taylor Stakes (2014 Just The Judge), Fillies' Mile (2001 Gossamer), Haydock Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic International Stakes (2011 Cape Blanco), Mackinnon Stakes (2013 Side Glance), Man O'War Stakes (2011 Cape Blanco), Matron Stakes (2006 Red Evie), Middle Park Stakes (2004 Ad Valorem), Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (2011 & 2012 Wigmore Hall), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2001 Sequoyah), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2004 Oratorio), Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (2006 Desert Lord), Prix du Moulin (2011 Excelebration), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2001 King Charlemagne), Racing Post Trophy (2008 Crowded House), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2001 Endless Hall), St James's Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Woodbine Mile (2014 Trade Storm).
Investec Oaks Record: One win from nine rides - Sariska (2009)
 
Delphinia (IRE)
Breeding: b f Galileo (IRE) - Again (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Born: February 28, 2016
Breeder: Orpendale and Chelston
Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Seamie Heffernan
Form: 071-63
*Improved for the step up to 10 furlongs when third (btn 1l) behind Tarnawa in the G3 Blue Wind Stakes at Naas on May 11.
*Started this campaign over a mile in the G3 Park Express Stakes at Naas in March, finishing sixth behind Normadel.
*Scored at the third attempt last season when staying on well to win an extended mile maiden at Galway in October.
*Dam captured the Irish 1,000 Guineas in 2009.
Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £17,587
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading has taken his worth to £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winners to race in his silks is this year's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his colours include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Previous Investec Oaks Wins: 1998 SHAHTOUSH (Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier), 2001 IMAGINE (Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier), 2006 ALEXANDROVA (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), 2012 WAS (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), 2016 MINDING (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor); 2018 FOREVER TOGETHER (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Oaks Record: Seven wins from 59 runners - Shahtoush (1998), Imagine (2001), Alexandrova (2006), Was (2012), Qualify (2015), Minding (2016) and Forever Together (2018)
 
Seamie Heffernan
Born: James Anthony Heffernan on July 17, 1972. Background: Based at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable since 1996. Like O'Brien, gained his grounding at Jim Bolger's yard. Twice second in the Investec Derby (2009 Fame And Glory; 2010 At First Sight) and won the Investec Oaks on Was in 2012. Accolades: Jointly Ireland's champion apprentice in 1994. British Classic Wins (1): Investec Oaks (2012 Was)Irish Classic wins (8): Irish Derby (2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2017 Capri), Irish Oaks (2016 Seventh Heaven), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2001 Imagine, 2008 Halfway To Heaven, 2011 Misty For Me), Irish St Leger (2008 Septimus) Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Turf (2016 Highland Reel), Cheveley Park Stakes (2016 Brave Anna), Irish Champion Stakes (2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 So You Think), Eclipse Stakes (2011 So You Think),Middle Park Stakes (2011 Crusade, 2017 U S Navy Flag), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2008 Again, 2010 Misty For Me, 2015 Minding), National Stakes (2000 Beckett, 2010 Power), Phoenix Stakes (2012 Pedro The Great, 2016 Caravaggio), Pretty Polly Stakes (2011 Misty For Me, 2015 Diamondsandrubies), Secretariat Stakes (2015 Highland Reel)
Investec Oaks Record: One win from 11 rides - Was (2012)
 
Fleeting (IRE)
Breeding: b f Zoffany (IRE) - Azafata (SPA) (Motivator)
Born: April 4, 2016
Breeder: Fernando Burmudez
Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Wayne Lordan
Form: 1731-0
*Posted best effort to date on final start last season when coming off from the pace to win the G2 May Hill Stakes (1m) in good style at Doncaster in September.
*Reappeared this term in the G1 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5, though never threatened and trailed home last of the 15 runners.
*Stamina in pedigree - dam is by 2005 Derby winner Motivator and won over a mile and six furlongs in Spain.
Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £54,246
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading has taken his worth to £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winners to race in his silks is this year's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his colours include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Previous Investec Oaks Wins: 1998 SHAHTOUSH (Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier), 2001 IMAGINE (Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier), 2006 ALEXANDROVA (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), 2012 WAS (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), 2016 MINDING (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor); 2018 FOREVER TOGETHER (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Oaks Record: Seven wins from 59 runners - Shahtoush (1998), Imagine (2001), Alexandrova (2006), Was (2012), Qualify (2015), Minding (2016) and Forever Together (2018)
 
Wayne Lordan
Born: April 20, 1982, in Co Cork. Background: One of amateur rider Pat Lordan's five children. He took part in pony racing before being apprenticed to trainer Thomond O'Mara for six years. First winner on the Gerry Cully-trained Ethbaat at Killarney on July 15, 1998. Runner-up to Tadhg O'Shea in the 2001 Irish apprentice championship and spent the winter of 2001/2002 riding for Barney Curley in Britain, having his first success on Just Magical at Wolverhampton on December 15, 2001. Rode extensively for the now-retired David Wachman and has also regularly partnered horses trained by Fozzy Stack and Edward Lynam. Joined Aidan O'Brien's stable at the beginning of the 2017 season and enjoyed his first British Classic success when partnering Winter to victory in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2017 and gained another on Hermosa in the same race this year. Has ridden four winners at Royal Ascot. British Classic wins (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa) Big race wins include: British Champions Sprint (2013 Slade Power, 2014 Gordon Lord Byron), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2013 Slade Power), July Cup (2013 Slade Power), Matron Stakes (2015 Legatissimo, 2017 Hydrangea), Nassau Stakes (2015 Legatissimo), Nunthorpe Stakes (2010 Sole Power), Fillies' Mile (2018 Iridessa)
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing third (Bye Bye Baby 2018) from one ride
 
Frankellina
Breeding: ch f Frankel - Our Obsession (IRE) (Shamardal (USA))
Born: January 27, 2016
Breeder: Hascombe And Valiant Studs
Owner: Anthony Oppenheimer
Trainer: John Gosden
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Form: 1-2
*Lost at least three lengths at the start when going down by a neck to Nausha in the G3 Musidora Stakes over an extended 10 furlongs at York on May 15.
*Made a winning debut in a mile novice race at Yarmouth in October, getting up late in the piece to score by a short-head.
*From the extended family of 2015 Investec Derby victor Golden Horn.
Race record: Starts: 2; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £20,917    
 
Anthony Oppenheimer
Born: June 11, 1937 Background: Anthony Oppenheimer used to be on the board of the De Beers Consolidated Mines. A cousin of the former De Beers chairman and billionaire Harry Oppenheimer, Anthony was previously the President of De Beers Central Selling Organisation until he retired from the post in 2002. Racing Interests: He inherited his love of racing from his father, Sir Philip Oppenheimer, who bought Hascombe Stud at Cheveley, Newmarket and merged it with his Valiant Stud (named after his children Valerie and Anthony) in 1965. Sir Philip owned and bred 1,000 Guineas and Sussex Stakes winner On The House. Oppenheimer senior was also responsible for breeding 1997 Coronation Stakes winner Rebecca Sharp, although the filly won in Anthony's colours due to Sir Philip's death two years earlier. In 1996 the stud decided to sell its colts as yearlings, and horses sold include 2,000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes victor Summoner. The stud also bred Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Rose Gypsy and 2011 E P Taylor Stakes heroine Miss Keller. The fillies that Oppenheimer has retained include Coronation Stakes winner Balisada and Prix Saint-Alary heroine Marotta. The greatest horse to have run in Oppenheimer's colours is Golden Horn, trained by John Gosden and winner of the Investec Derby, Coral-Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 2015. Cracksman, also trained by Gosden, established himself as another top-class colt owned by Oppenheimer as he finished 2017 as the world's best three-year-old in the Longines World Thoroughbred Rankings, following a dazzling seven-length victory in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot in October and in 2018 was named the joint best racehorse in the world (along with Winx) after a further G1 victories in the Prix Ganay, Investec Coronation Cup and a second QIPCO Champion Stakes. Oppenheimer usually has 10 to 15 horses in training in Britain, with his trainers besides John Gosden including Roger Charlton, Charlie Fellowes, William Haggas and Ed Vaughan. Golden Horn was his first runner in the Investec Derby, although his father owned Pelerin, fourth to Henbit in 1980, and his mother Lady Oppenheimer owned Mystic Knight, sixth in 1996. Golden Horn was a supplementary entry to the 2015 Investec Derby because the owner/breeder thought the colt unlikely to stay a mile and a half, but he changed his mind after Golden Horn won the G2 Dante Stakes impressively. British Classic Wins (1): Investec Derby (2015 Golden Horn) Other big-race wins: Coral-Eclipse (2015 Golden Horn), Irish Champion Stakes (2015 Golden Horn), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2015 Golden Horn), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2017 Cracksman), Prix Niel (2017 Cracksman), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2017 & 2018 Cracksman), Prix Ganay (2018 Cracksman), Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Bronte Cup Fillies' Stakes (Precious Ramotswe), Coronation Stakes (1997 Rebecca Sharp, 1999 Balisada) Jockey Club Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Investec Coronation Cup (2018 Cracksman)
No previous Investec Oaks wins
 
William Haggas (Newmarket, Suffolk)
Born: August 23, 1960 in Yorkshire. Background: Educated at Harrow and first job was in the textile factory owned by his father Brian, a longstanding owner. His mother Christine Feather owned the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Silver Buck. Worked for bloodstock agent David Minton and trainers Jeremy Hindley, Sydney-based Brian Mayfield-Smith and Sir Mark Prescott before taking out a licence at Somerville House in Newmarket in November, 1986. His first winner was Tricky Note at Newmarket on April 15, 1987. His wife Maureen is a daughter of nine-time Derby-winning jockey Lester Piggott. Former president of National Trainers' Federation. Enjoyed his best year with 158 British successes in 2017. Has saddled eight Royal Ascot winners. First winner: Tricky Note, Newmarket, April 15, 1987. British Classic Wins (2): Investec Derby (1996 Shaamit), Investec Oaks (2011 Dancing Rain). Other major wins include: German Oaks (2011 Dancing Rain), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2009 King's Apostle), Prix du Moulin (2009 Aqlaam), Cheveley Park Stakes (2012 Rosdhu Queen), Pretty Polly Stakes (2004 Chorist, 2018 Urban Fox), Italian 2,000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2,000 Guineas (2002 Dupont, 2004 Brunel), Coral-Eclipse (2014 Mukhadram), bet365 Mile (2018 Addeybb), Summer Mile (2016 & 2017 Mutakayyef), Duke Of York Stakes (2017 Tasleet), Racing Post (2016 Rivet), Champagne Stakes (2016 Rivet), Lowther Stakes (2016 Besharah), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2015 Storm The Stars, Hungerford Stakes (2015 Adaay), Prix de la Foret (2018 One Master), Yorkshire Oaks (2018 Sea Of Class), Irish Oaks (2018 Sea Of Class)
Investec Oaks Record: One win (Dancing Rain 2011) from three runners
 
James Doyle
Born: Cambridge, April 22, 1988 Background: Doyle comes from a racing family. His mother Jacqui formerly trained in Lambourn while his sister Sophie is also a jockey, currently based in the USA. He began riding out for his mother at the age of 10 and had his first winner on Farnborough at Wolverhampton on June 1, 2005. He hit the headlines with a treble at Lingfield on January 25, 2006. After quickly using up his apprentice claim, the 5ft 9in Doyle - one of the tallest jockeys in the weighing room - saw the winners beginning to dry up and by 2010 he considered turning his back on racing and even enrolled on a plumbing course. However, an upturn in the number of winners in 2011 caused Doyle to reconsider his decision and he never started the plumbing course. Horse whisperer Gary Witheford recommended Doyle to trainer Roger Charlton and he became first jockey to the Beckhampton handler in 2012. The partnership started 2012 on a high when Cityscape won the Group One Dubai Duty Free at Meydan in March and enjoyed a fantastic 2013 with the three-time Group One winner Al Kazeem. He rode an 891/1 treble on the Wednesday of Royal Ascot in 2013 with Al Kazeem in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Belgian Bill in the Royal Hunt Cup and Rizeena in the Queen Mary Stakes. Made retained rider to owner Khalid Abdullah in August, 2013, before becoming a retained jockey for Godolphin in 2015, mainly riding for Saeed bin Suroor, who midway through 2016 decided to book the best available jockeys. Also has an arrangement to ride for William Haggas. Big-Race Wins: Coral Eclipse (2013 Al Kazeem), Prince of Wales's Stakes (2013 Al Kazeem, 2018 Poet's Word), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013 Al Kazeem, 2014 Noble Mission, 2015 Al Kazeem), Dubai Duty Free Sponsored By Dubai Duty Free (2012 Cityscape), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013 Rizeena), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2014 Noble Mission), Falmouth Stakes (2015 Amazing Maria), Lockinge Stakes (2015 Night Of Thunder), Prix Jacques Le Marois (2014 Kingman), Qatar Sussex Stakes (2014 Kingman), St James's Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman), Al Quoz Sprint (2018 Jungle Cat), Jebel Hatta (2018 Blair House), Prix Marcel Boussac (2017 Wild Illusion), Prix du Moulin (2017 Ribchester), Gold Cup (2017 Big Orange), St James's Palace Stakes (2017 Barney Roy), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2018 Poet's Word), Irish Oaks (2018 Sea Of Class), Yorkshire Oaks (2018 Sea Of Class)
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing sixth (Give And Take 2018) from three rides
 
Lavender's Blue (IRE)
Breeding: b f Sea The Stars (IRE) - Beatrice Aurore (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Born: March 14, 2016
Breeder: Chess Racing
Owner: Benny Andersson
Trainer: Amanda Perrett
Jockey: Silvestre de Sousa
Form: -12
*Worn down late by Queen Power when tackling a mile and a quarter for the first time in the Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies' Trial Stakes at Newbury on May 18.
*Justified market support on debut in a mile maiden at Newmarket's Craven Meeting in April, readily coming clear to score by two and a half lengths.
*Dam was G1-placed in Italy over 10 furlongs and also finished sixth in the 2011 Investec Oaks for owner Benny Andersson.
Race record: Starts: 2; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £21,519
 
Benny Andersson
As a member of ABBA, Benny Andersson is the one of the best-known figures in pop music of all time. After the group won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo, it went on to have a string of number one hits and sold 375 million records worldwide, making it the fourth most-successful artists in the history of pop music. Even after spliting up in 1982, ABBA still sells around 3 million records a year. Andersson was born in Stockholm on December 16, 1946, and since ABBA, has gone on to success as a co-composer of musicals such as Mamma Mia! and Chess. He has owned horses for almost 40 years and has a stud farm in Sweden, breeding under a name inspired by one of those musicals, Chess Racing. "I bought my first horse at Doncaster in 1981 and although I am not a horseman as such, it's become much more than a hobby to me. I am OK on pedigrees and try to follow what's going on in racing," he recalled. He was introduced to racing by his wife's former husband Berndt Stromberg, a veterinary professor whose new wife Caroline was a trainer. He bought a mare named Miss Davina and the first horse he bred was Davinski, who won Sweden's St Leger. His big ambition is to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and his preference is for staying Classic horses. He won Denmark's Derby and St Leger in 2004 with Sibelius. In 2006, he won the Danish St Leger with Django. He had wanted black and white checked racing colours to accompany the Chess Racing theme but they were not available so his horses sport black and silver silks. He has horses in Sweden with Jessica Long, the Strombergs' daughter, and with Amanda Perrett in the UK, having previously had his British horses with the late John Dunlop. He celebrated the success of Mamma Mia! by buying the joint-dearest yearling (650,000 guineas) in Britain in 2008, the Montjeu colt Berling, at Tattersalls. "Bidding for a horse like that gives me a very similar feeling to being on a stage, you are kept on your toes," he said. Berling was a Listed winner in the UK and went on to two G3 wins in Scandinavia while his homebred filly Beatrice Aurore won the G3 Prix Chloe and is the dam of Lavender's Blue. Andersson is a regular visitor to the sales at Tattersalls and on one occasion staged an impromptu piano performance in the restaurant at the Newmarket venue.
No previous Investec Oaks wins
 
Amanda Perrett
Born: December 31, 1969 Background: Amanda Perrett is the daughter of the outstanding trainer Guy Harwood and succeeded her father at the lavish Coombelands training centre at Pulborough in West Sussex in 1996, a year after marrying jump jockey Mark Perrett. Amanda was also a talented amateur rider, recording 54 successes under Rules and 40 point-to-point victories. The best horse she rode was the hurdler Vagador, whom she partnered to finish eighth in the 1990 Champion Hurdle. Many of her father's major owners, most notably Prince Khalid Abdulla, supported Perrett when she started training. Big-Race Wins: The best horses to pass through her hands are Indian Lodge, who achieved a French Group One double in 2000 in the Prix du Moulin and Prix de la Foret, 2002 Celebration Mile victor Tillerman, the smart stayers Tungsten Strike and Astronereus and Zhui Feng, winner of the 2017 Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. Perrett has 49 horses listed in training this year.
No previous Investec Oaks runners

Silvestre de Sousa
Born: December 31, 1980 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. First Winner: Ferocious Rose - Sao Paulo, Brazil, December 16, 1999 Background: Youngest of 10 siblings and learned to ride on his father's farm. The family bred a handful of thoroughbreds and Silvestre de Sousa spent his childhood helping out on the smallholding, rounding up cattle on horseback. But he displayed little desire to try making a career out of riding and left to work at his brother's furniture factory at the age of 16. It was only after a chance meeting with Fausto Durso, a jockey, who suggested his size and light frame made him ideally suited to race-riding that De Sousa decided to try his luck as a professional rider. Joined the apprentices' school at Sao Paulo, learning the basics of riding racehorses before becoming attached to the stable of the leading local trainer. Finished third on his first ride at Cidade Jardim Racecourse and did not have to wait long to taste success as he concluded his first full season as Brazil's champion apprentice. Racked up the winners needed to lose his claim in the space of 16 months. However, this bright start to his riding career was interrupted when he broke an arm in a fall, forcing the fledgling jockey to spend over six months on the sidelines. After struggling to make a comeback in Brazil, De Sousa, with 82 victories to his name, took the decision to relocate to Ireland in 2003 to work for trainer Dermot Weld in County Kildare. It proved difficult for him in a different continent with an unfamiliar language and the rider grew homesick. A brief spell in Dubai with trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam generated seven rides in the 2004/2005 season and offered some respite, although it was not easy on his return to Ireland, receiving only three racecourse mounts in the six months he had a licence there. He rode a lot of work and broke in young horses during his two-year stint with Weld. Frustrated by a lack of race riding opportunities, De Sousa was on the verge of returning to Brazil or going to Argentina in 2005 but a chance meeting with one of Dandy Nicholls' staff at the Curragh towards the end of that year saw him move to England and join the North Yorkshire-based handler soon afterwards. The jockey made his British debut when coming home 11th on board Four Amigos in a Wolverhampton handicap on November 12, 2005 and his first winner in the UK was on Sonic Anthem at Southwell on New Year's Day, 2006, a race in which his future wife Vicky Behan finished third. She enjoyed 13 winners, headed by Peace Offering's victory in the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle in 2006, and the couple have three sons, Ryan, Max and Harry. Success in UK: After a relatively slow start in his first few years in Britain, with the winters spent riding in India, De Sousa was about to go back to Brazil but the 2010 UK season saw a distinct upturn in his fortunes as he rode 100 winners for trainers such as David O'Meara, Geoff Harker and Mark Johnston. In 2011, he rode primarily for Johnston and enjoyed 161 UK victories, challenging for the British jockeys' title. De Sousa's first British Classic ride came on outsider Danum Dancer in the 2007 2000 Guineas, while he won the Indian Derby on Antonios in 2009. He was appointed as a retained rider to Godolphin in February, 2012 but parted ways with the Maktoum family's operation in mid-2014 despite enjoying considerable success. He subsequently rode as a freelance and captured the Champion Flat Jockeys' title in Britain in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Early in 2019 it was announced he would be retained rider for King Power Racing. Has ridden five winners at Royal Ascot. Had a five-month contract in Hong Kong for 2018/19 season, riding 42 winners. Big-Race Wins: Dubai World Cup (2014 African Story), Lockinge Stakes (2013 Farhh), Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2013 Sajjhaa), Premio Roma (2012 Hunter's Light), Juddmonte International (2015 Arabian Queen), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2013 Farhh), Hong Kong Cup (2018 Glorious Forever), Prix Morny (2018 Pretty Pollyanna)Stobart Champion Flat Jockey: 2015, 2017, 2018
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing third (Harlequeen 2016) from one ride
 
Manuela De Vega (IRE)
Breeding: b f Lope De Vega (IRE) - Roscoff (IRE) (Daylami (IRE))
Born: March 21, 2016
Breeder: Merriebelle Irish Farm Ltd
Owner: Waverley Racing
Trainer: Ralph Beckett
Jockey: Harry Bentley
Form: 11-2
*Lost her unbeaten record in the Listed Cheshire Oaks on May 8, going down by four and a half lengths to Mehdaayih, who is favourite for today's fillies' Classic.
*Two appearances in 2018 saw her win a seven-furlong fillies' maiden at Salisbury in September before readily defeating all-sex company in the Listed Silver Tankard Stakes (1m) at Pontefract the following month.
Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £54,372
 
Waverley Racing
The racing operation of a publicity-shy friend of trainer Ralph Beckett, Waverley Racing saw its colours carried to victory on six occasions from seven starts in 2018, from four fillies (all sired by Lope De Vega) trained by Ralph Beckett. These were headed by G3 Prestige Stakes scorer Antonia De Vega as well as Listed winners Manuela De Vega and Feliciana De Vega.
No previous Investec Oaks winners
 
Ralph Beckett (Kimpton Down, Hampshire)
 Born: June 24, 1971. Background: spent part of his childhood at Serlby near Doncaster and is a cousin of Prince Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Lord Grimthorpe. Previously worked for Bart Cummings in Australia plus Martin Pipe, Arthur Moore, Jimmy FitzGerald, David Loder, Australian trainer Colin Hayes and Tommy Skiffington in the US. Formerly assistant to trainer Peter Walwyn, he began training at his old boss's Windsor House Stables, Lambourn, in November, 1999, and then moved to Whitsbury Manor Stables, Hampshire, in January, 2006. Went to his current base, Kimpton Down Stables, prior to the 2011 season. Sent out 101 winners in Britain during 2016 and had 88 last year. He has a particularly good record with fillies, winning the Investec Oaks twice. British Classic Wins (3): Investec Oaks (2008 Look Here, 2013 Talent), William Hill St Leger (2015 Simple Verse) Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Marathon (2008 Muhannak), German 1,000 Guineas (2012 Electrelane), QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2015 Simple Verse)
Investec Oaks Record: Two wins from 11 runners - Look Here (2008) and Talent (2013)
 
Harry Bentley
Born: June 10, 1992, Storrington, West Sussex Background: started riding at the age of four.Trainer Gary Moore encouraged him to get an apprentice licence after finishing school at 16. Rode first winner on the Moore-trained Prince Valentine at Lingfield in January, 2010. Burst on to the scene during the UAE season of 2011 when he rode 17 winners as an apprentice. Started an association with Olly Stevens at Robins Farm in 2013 and was the second jockey to Qatar Racing Ltd and Pearl Bloodstock until the end of 2014. He now rides primarily for Ralph Beckett and Henry Candy. He enjoyed his best year in Britain in 2018, with 75 successes.Accolades/achievements: Champion jockey in Qatar six times. Rode a six-timer at Doha in January, 2014. Major wins: Qatar Derby (2013 Dubday), Qatar Gold Cup (2014 Dubday), July Cup (2016 Limato), Prix de la Foret (2016 Limato), H H The Emirs Trophy (2016 & 2018 The Blue Eye)
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing eighth (Momentus 2014) from one ride
 
Maqsad (FR)
Breeding: b f Siyouni (FR) - Amerique (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))
Born: January 22, 2016
Breeder: Dayton Investments Limited
Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum
Trainer: William Haggas
Jockey: Jim Crowley
Form: 23-11
*Comes into the Investec Oaks on the back of a smooth five-length success in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes (10f) at Newmarket on May 5.
*That came on the back of a short-head victory over Twist 'N' Shake in a mile maiden at Newmarket's Craven Meeting in April.
*Reached the frame in both starts last season, including when third behind Investec Oaks favourite Mehdaayih at Yarmouth in October.
*Cost 775,000 euros as a foal as part of the Wildenstein dispersal at Goffs in 2016.
Race record: Starts: 4; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £37,461
 
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Born:  December 25, 1945. Background: son of the late ruler of Dubai, Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and older brother of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Deputy Ruler of Dubai as well as being the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates. Attended Bell School of Languages in Cambridge, England, between 1967 and 1968. Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates between 1971 and 1973. Racing Interests: Around 400 horses globally carry his distinctive silks of blue with white epaulets, blue and white striped cap, and are trained in Britain mainly by Ed Dunlop, John Gosden, William Haggas, Charlie Hills, Owen Burrows, Mark Johnston, Sir Michael Stoute, Simon Crisford, Marcus Tregoning and Roger Varian. Also has horses trained in America, Australia, Dubai, South Africa, Ireland and France. Has owned 12 British Classic winners, headed by Nashwan (1989 2000 Guineas and Derby) and Salsabil (1990 1,000 Guineas and Oaks), with his latest being Taghrooda in the 2014 Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs. His stars around the world include At Talaq and Jeune, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1986 and 1994 respectively, and US champion Invasor, who won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic and following year's Dubai World Cup. Muhaarar was champion European sprinter in 2015, while he currently has another star sprinter in Battaash. Also owns Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, Elmswell Stud, Salsabil Stud and Beech House Stud in Newmarket, as well as studs in Ireland and Kentucky. Shadwell has over 250 mares worldwide and stands more than a dozen stallions globally. Retains jockeys Jim Crowley (first) and Dane O'Neill (second) in Britain. 
Previous Investec Oaks winners: 1990 Salsabil, 2005 Eswarah, 2004 Taghrooda
  
William Haggas (Newmarket, Suffolk)
Born: August 23, 1960 in Yorkshire. Background: Educated at Harrow and first job was in the textile factory owned by his father Brian, a longstanding owner. His mother Christine Feather owned the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Silver Buck. Worked for bloodstock agent David Minton and trainers Jeremy Hindley, Sydney-based Brian Mayfield-Smith and Sir Mark Prescott before taking out a licence at Somerville House in Newmarket in November, 1986. His first winner was Tricky Note at Newmarket on April 15, 1987. His wife Maureen is a daughter of nine-time Derby-winning jockey Lester Piggott. Former president of National Trainers' Federation. Enjoyed his best year with 158 British successes in 2017. Has saddled eight Royal Ascot winners. First winner: Tricky Note, Newmarket, April 15, 1987. British Classic Wins (2): Investec Derby (1996 Shaamit), Investec Oaks (2011 Dancing Rain). Other major wins include: German Oaks (2011 Dancing Rain), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2009 King's Apostle), Prix du Moulin (2009 Aqlaam), Cheveley Park Stakes (2012 Rosdhu Queen), Pretty Polly Stakes (2004 Chorist, 2018 Urban Fox), Italian 2,000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2,000 Guineas (2002 Dupont, 2004 Brunel), Coral-Eclipse (2014 Mukhadram), bet365 Mile (2018 Addeybb), Summer Mile (2016 & 2017 Mutakayyef), Duke Of York Stakes (2017 Tasleet), Racing Post (2016 Rivet), Champagne Stakes (2016 Rivet), Lowther Stakes (2016 Besharah), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2015 Storm The Stars, Hungerford Stakes (2015 Adaay), Prix de la Foret (2018 One Master), Yorkshire Oaks (2018 Sea Of Class), Irish Oaks (2018 Sea Of Class)
Investec Oaks Record: One win (Dancing Rain 2011) from three runners
 
Jim Crowley
Born: July 14, 1978. Background: Hails from Ascot, where his parents trained point-to-pointers and reared him on a diet of hunting and show jumping. His first two jobs were with trainers John White and Ron Hodges and, although he first made an impression as an amateur on the Flat, he soon switched his attention to jumping, attached to Sue Smith's West Yorkshire stable. Rode around 300 winners over obstacles, before deciding to concentrate solely on the Flat in 2006. Based at Pulborough, Crowley rode principally for his sister-in-law Amanda Perrett before being signed up as stable jockey to Ralph Beckett at the end of the 2009 season. Became a freelance in August, 2014. A tremendous 2016 saw him crowned Stobart Champion Jockey for the first time with 148 winners and he was announced as first jockey to leading owner Hamdan Al Maktoum. He is married to Amanda Perrett's sister, Lucinda.Major Wins include: King's Stand Stakes (2011 Prohibit), Prix Jean Prat (2009 Lord Shanakill), QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2014 Madame Chiang), Commonwealth Cup (2018 Eqtidaar), Lockinge Stakes (2019 Mustashry), Prix de l'Abbaye (2017 Battaash), Juddmonte International (2017 Ulysses), Sussex Stakes (2017 Here Comes When), Coral Eclipse (2017 Ulysses)
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing second (Secret Gesture 2013) from five rides
 
Mehdaayih
Breeding: b f Frankel - Sayyedati Symphony (USA) (Gone West (USA))
Born: April 9, 2016
Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited
Owner: Emirates Park Pty Ltd
Trainer: John Gosden
Jockey: Robert Havlin
Form: 621-11
*Supplemented at the six-day stage on Saturday, May 25 at a cost of £30,000.
*Quickened impressively to win the Listed Cheshire Oaks at Chester on May 8, defeating the previously unbeaten Manuela De Vega by four and a half lengths.
*That was her third win on the bounce following a Yarmouth novice race (1m) success last autumn and 14-length romp on her comeback in a fillies' handicap on Polytrack at Chelmsford City on April 18.
Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 3; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £53,967    
 
Emirates Park Pty Ltd
Background: Created by Emirates Park's principal, United Arab Emirates billionaire His Excellency Nasser Lootah, who presides over a wide-ranging business conglomerate in Dubai. Racing interests: He was first introduced to the local thoroughbred industry in Australia in the late-1980s. Shortly after, he purchased Upper Hunter Valley in North South Wales, Australia. Since then, the Emirates Park group has "bred, reared and raised" on the stud, either to race in the livery of Emirates Park, or for other owners who have purchased a racehorse from the breeders. At its height, the operation had around 300 mares. His Excellency Nasser Lootah has in later years passed most of the control over to his son Hussain who has taken an active role in running the stud, whilst also ensuring the maintenance of the stud's bloodstock portfolio. The majority of Emirates Park horses have run in the green and white colours of Hussian Lootah. They have enjoyed considerable success in Australia, with horses including 2014 Golden Slipper victor Mossfun, 2005 Australian Guineas scorer Al Maher and 2018 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. Nasser Lootah took on Frankel filly Mehdaayih as a yearling from Mahmed Obaida, having been bred by Rabbah Bloodstock.  Emirates Park stands its own stallion Al Maher and also own half of the former July Cup winner Dream Ahead. They are also becoming more involved in the breeding industry in Britain by boarding mares at Adrian and Philippa O'Brien's Hazlewood Bloodstock at Newmarket. Similarly, in April 2017, Emirates Park announced a joint venture with Aquis Farm, backed by Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung. Under the deal, Aquis will manage Emirates Park Murrurundi Stud and stallions Artie Schiller, Dream Ahead and Al Maher. Emirates will retain ownership of the stud and its broodmares. Emirates Park's general manager is Bryan Carlson.
No previous Investec Oaks wins
 
John Gosden OBE (Clarehaven Stables, Newmarket)
Born: Lewes, Sussex, on March 30, 1951 Background: His late father Towser (1904-1967) was a trainer near Lewes in Sussex. John was educated at Eastbourne College and Cambridge University. He then worked in land management in Venezuela before returning to Britain to assist Newmarket trainer Sir Noel Murless from 1974 to 1975 and Ireland's champion Vincent O'Brien from 1976 to 1977. After a spell assisting Tommy Doyle in California, he set up as a trainer in the US in 1979 where he trained with success for nine years, sending out more than 500 winners. He saddled Robert Sangster's Royal Heroine to win the inaugural Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in 1984. Prompted by Sheikh Mohammed, he returned to Britain in 1988, to train at the owner's Stanley House Stables in Newmarket. In 2000, he moved to Robert Sangster's Manton estate in Wiltshire, but returned to Newmarket in 2005, having bought Clarehaven Stables on the Bury Road. He saddled the first and second, Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs, in the 2015 Investec Derby. Personal: He is married to Rachel Hood, a barrister who has served as President of the Racehorse Owners Association (2011-2016) and Mayor of Newmarket (2014-2015). The couple have four children - Sebastian, Serena, Theodora and Thaddeus, who is assistant trainer to his father. Hood founded and formerly chaired the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group, which has long opposed Lord Derby's Hatchfield Farm development. Accolades: British champion trainer three times - 2012, 2015 and 2018. Trained US Eclipse Award winners Bates Motel and Royal Heroine. He has trained four of the last five winners of the Horse Of The Year accolade at the Cartier Racing Awards - Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015), Enable (2017) and Roaring Lion (2018). Oversaw the career of Cracksman, who was crowned the world's joint-best horse in 2018 alongside Winx. Awarded an OBE for services to horseracing and training in the 2017 New Year Honours List. Winners: He has won more than 3,000 races around the world, including over 100 Group/Grade Ones, in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. There have been 47 Royal Ascot successes. British Classic wins (9): Investec Derby - 1997 Benny The Dip, 2015 Golden Horn; Investec Oaks - 2014 Taghrooda, 2017 Enable; QIPCO 1000 Guineas - 2000 Lahan; St Leger - 1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel. Irish Classic wins (6): Irish 2,000 Guineas - 2014 Kingman; Irish Derby - 2015 Jack Hobbs; Irish Oaks - 2012 Great Heavens, 2017 Enable; Irish St Leger - 1992 Mashaallah, 2011 Duncan-dh.  Other major wins include:  Breeders' Cup Mile (1984 Royal Heroine), Breeders' Cup Turf (2018 Enable), Breeders' Cup Classic (2008 Raven's Pass), Coronation Cup (2018 Cracksman), Coral-Eclipse (2012 Nathaniel, 2015 Golden Horn, 2018 Roaring Lion), Prince of Wales's Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 2014 The Fugue), St James's Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman, 2018 Without Parole), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina, 2012 Fallen For You), Gold Cup (2018 Stradivarius), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi, 2017 Jack Hobbs), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram, 2013 The Fugue, 2015 Golden Horn, 2018 Roaring Lion), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2011 Nathaniel, 2014 Taghrooda, 2017 Enable), Juddmonte International (2018 Roaring Lion), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2015 Golden Horn, 2017 & 2018 Enable), Prix Jacques Le Marois (2014 Kingman), Sussex Stakes (2014 Kingman), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven's Pass, 2017 Persuasive, 2018 Roaring Lion), St James's Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman), Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2017 Cracksman), Prix Ganay (2018 Cracksman)
Investec Oaks Record: Two wins from 14 runners - Taghrooda (2014) and Enable (2017)
 
Robert Havlin
Background: Scotsman Robert Havlin, commonly referred to as Rab Havlin, was born on December 6, 1973. After graduating from the British Racing School in 1990, he based himself in Scotland riding predominantly for Jimmy Wilson and Linda Perratt. His first winner came at Ayr on June 22, 1991, when he rode the locally trained Diet to victory in a six-furlong handicap for Jimmy Wilson. Havlin joined the Peter Chapple-Hyam yard in 1994 and rode some top-class horses including subsequent Group One winner Close Conflict. After Chapple-Hyam moved to train in Hong Kong, Havlin was retained by leading trainer John Gosden at the beginning of 2000 season and immediately made an impact when riding Mount Abu to victory in the Listed Leisure Stakes at Lingfield in June. He has ridden many of Gosden's stable stars early on in their careers, including partnering both Enable and Cracksman to their debut wins. Despite riding several pattern winners in the UK at up to G2 level, Havlin's Classic successes have come abroad with victories in the Swiss St Leger, Swiss Oaks, Swiss Derby and Italian Derby. In 2017, he served a six-month ban after failing a drugs test in France. He protested his innocence, but all appeals, back by Gosden, failed. He enjoyed his best year in Britain in 2018, partnering 127 winners. He has yet to gain a G1 success.
Investec Oaks record: Best placing sixth (Coquet 2012) from one ride
 
Peach Tree (IRE)
Breeding: ch f Galileo (IRE) - Pikaboo (Pivotal)
Born: March 19, 2016
Breeder: Pikaboo Syndicate
Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Donnacha O'Brien
Form: 518201-4
*Fourth (beaten a length and a quarter) on her reappearance in the G3 Blue Wind Stakes won by Tarnawa at Naas on May 11.
*Won two of her six starts in 2018, including when defeating Tarnawa by a length and three-quarters in the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes (1m) at Navan in October.
*Also finished second in the G3 Flame Of Tara Stakes (1m) at the Curragh in September.
*Full-sister Flattering was fifth in the 2018 Investec Oaks.
Race record: Starts: 7; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £51,986
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading has taken his worth to £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winners to race in his silks is this year's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his colours include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Previous Investec Oaks Wins: 1998 SHAHTOUSH (Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier), 2001 IMAGINE (Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier), 2006 ALEXANDROVA (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), 2012 WAS (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), 2016 MINDING (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor); 2018 FOREVER TOGETHER (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Oaks Record: Seven wins from 59 runners - Shahtoush (1998), Imagine (2001), Alexandrova (2006), Was (2012), Qualify (2015), Minding (2016) and Forever Together (2018)
Donnacha O'Brien
Born: July 22, 1998. Background: From a family steeped in racing. Father Aidan has become Ireland's most successful trainer since taking over from Vincent O'Brien (no relation) at Ballydoyle in 1996. His mother Annemarie was Ireland's champion Jump trainer in the 1992/93 season. Donnacha made his riding debut in the 2014 Irish Flat season and enjoyed his first winner on September 7, 2014 aboard Quartz, trained by his father, in a maiden at Dundalk. His elder brother Joseph was a very successful jockey, winning the Investec Derby twice on Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014) before taking up training in 2016 because of increased weight. Donnacha was crowned champion apprentice in Ireland in 2016 with 48 winners and enjoyed a first G1 success aboard Intricately, trained by Joseph, in the 2016 Moyglare Stud Stakes. He rode against his sister Ana (The Anvil) in the 2017 Investec Derby when partnering Venice Beach (12th) - the first brother and sister to do so. Recorded the biggest success of his career when winning his first Classic aboard Saxon Warrior in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas for father Aidan at Newmarket in 2018 and recorded back-to-back successes in the opening Classic when winning on Magna Grecia this year. Was crowned Irish champion Flat jockey in 2018. Major Wins include: QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), Investec Oaks (2018 Forever Together), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2016 Intricately)Champagne Stakes (2016 Seahenge), Ballysax Stakes (2017 Nelson), Killavullan Stakes (2017 Kenya), Diamond Stakes (2017 War Decree), Debutante Stakes (2017 Magical), Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes (2017 Nelson), Irish Cesarewitch (2014 El Salvador), Irish St Leger Trial (2016 Order Of St George), Saval Beg Stakes (2015 Kingfisher), Vertem Futurity Stakes (2018 Magna Grecia), Middle Park Stakes (2018 Ten Sovereigns), Cheveley Park Stakes (2018 Fairyland), Irish Derby (2018 Latrobe)
Investec Oaks Record: One win (Forever Together, 2018) from two rides
 
Pink Dogwood (IRE)
Breeding: br f Camelot - Question Times (Shamardal (USA))
Born: February 9, 2016
Breeder: Sweetmans Bloodstock
Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Ryan Moore
Form: 2215-1
*Decisive winner of the Listed Salsabil Stakes over 10 furlongs at Navan on April 28.
*Not beaten far in fifth on final start of last season in the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in October.
*Runner-up on first two starts in 2018 before taking a Gowran Park maiden by seven lengths on heavy ground in September.
*Full-sister to 2018 G1 Irish Derby hero Latrobe.
Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: 2; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £59,013
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winners to race in his silks is the 2019 2000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his silks include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Previous Investec Oaks Wins: 1998 SHAHTOUSH (Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier), 2001 IMAGINE (Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier), 2006 ALEXANDROVA (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), 2012 WAS (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), 2016 MINDING (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor); 2018 FOREVER TOGETHER (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Oaks Record: Seven wins from 59 runners - Shahtoush (1998), Imagine (2001), Alexandrova (2006), Was (2012), Qualify (2015), Minding (2016) and Forever Together (2018)
 
Ryan Moore
Born: September 18, 1983. Background: From a family steeped in racing. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is a trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider, as was his aunt Candy Morris. Older brother Jamie is a successful jump jockey, while his sister Hayley, a broadcaster with At The Races, has also ridden winners as an amateur and his youngest brother, Joshua, has followed the others into a riding career and is a jump jockey. Moore's career began over hurdles when making a winning debut as an amateur on Mersey Beat at Towcester on May 15, 2000, but he soon concentrated on the Flat. First major success on the Flat came as a 5lb claimer when he captured the 2002 Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Martin Pipe-trained Miss Fara. Appointed first rider to Sir Michael Stoute in November, 2007 and became first jockey for Coolmore-owned runners at the start of the 2015 season. He is one of the leading international jockeys and travels the world to ride in big races. Accolades: British champion apprentice in 2003 (59 winners); British champion jockey three times - 2006 (182 wins), 2008 (192), 2009 (178). Has twice won the Longines World Best Jockey Award (2014 & 2016). Has had 53 Royal Ascot winners. British Classic Wins (11): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy, 2016 Minding), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen, 2015 Legatissimo, 2016 Minding), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill), William Hill St Leger (2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens). Other Major Wins Include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (2011 Wrote, 2012 George Vancouver, 2015 Hit A Bomb, 2017 Mendelssohn), Breeders' Cup Turf (2008 & 2009 Conduit, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found), Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2013 Dank), Hong Kong Cup (2010 Snow Fairy, 2016 Maurice), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel), Hong Kong Mile (2015 Maurice), Coral-Eclipse (2007 Notnowcato), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 Conduit, 2016 Highland Reel), Japan Cup (2013 Gentildonna), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce, 2016 Found), Dubai Sheema Classic (2014 Gentildonna), Dubai Turf (2016 Real Steel), Prix du Jockey-Club (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Irish Champion Stakes (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), Melbourne Cup (2014 Protectionist), Canadian International (2013 Joshua Tree, 2014 Hillstar, 2015 Cannock Chase), Yorkshire Oaks (2014 Tapestry), Prix Marcel Boussac (2014 Found, 2015 Ballydoyle), Beverly D Stakes (2013 Dank, 2014 Euro Charline), Secretariat Stakes (2014 Adelaide), Falmouth Stakes (2014 Integral, 2016 Alice Springs, 2017 Roly Poly), Sun Chariot Stakes (2014 Integral, 2016 Alice Springs, 2017 Roly Poly), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill), Dewhurst Stakes (2009 Beethoven, 2015 Air Force Blue, 2016 Churchill, 2017 U S Navy Flag), Mile Championship (2015 Maurice), French 2000 Guineas (2016 The Gurkha) Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena, 2017 Winter), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power, 2016 Caravaggio), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate, 2016 Order Of St George), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar), St James's Palace Stakes (2015 Gleneagles), Ribblesdale Stakes (2016 Even Song), Pretty Polly Stakes (2016 Minding), Qatar Sussex Stakes (2016 The Gurkha), Tenno Xho (2016 Maurice) , Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Minding), Fillies' Mile (2016 Rhododendron), Nassau Stakes (2016 Minding, 2017 Winter), Investec Coronation Cup (2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2017 Highland Reel), Prince Of Wales's Stakes (2017 Highland Reel), Commonwealth Cup (2017 Caravaggio), Phoenix Stakes (Sioux Nation), Irish St Leger (2017 Order Of St George, 2018 Flag Of Honour), Cheveley Park Stakes (2017 Clemmie), British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (2017 Hydrangea, 2018 Magical), Racing Post Trophy (2017 Saxon Warrior), Champions Cup (2017 Gold Dream), July Cup (2018 U S Navy Flag), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2016 Twilight Son, 2018 Merchant Navy)
Investec Oaks Record: Two wins (Snow Fairy 2010 & Minding 2016) from 10 rides
Sh Boom
Breeding: b f War Command (USA) - Nouvelle Lune (Fantastic Light (USA))
Born: February 23, 2016
Breeder: John Davis & Star Pointe Ltd
Owner: John Davis & Star Pointe Ltd
Trainer: Peter Chapple-Hyam
Jockey: Tom Queally
Form: 51-6
*Ran twice as a two-year-old, shaping nicely on debut at Goodwood in September before justifying favouritism in a mile novice contest at Newmarket later the same month.
*Beaten four and a half lengths in sixth on her 2019 return in the Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies' Trial Stakes at Newbury on May 18.
Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £6,120
 
John Davis & Star Pointe Ltd
Background: Registered office address at Woodcote Stud in Epsom with Barry Reilly and his wife Fiona controlling Star Pointe Ltd. The couple have run Woodcote Stud for 30 years. The 70-acre establishment, located just off Wilmerhatch Lane, belongs to 95-year-old Albert Perry and his family. The stud used to be owned by Sir Freddie Laker, the pioneer of cheap transatlantic air travel. Racing interests: Woodcote Stud has been managed by Barry and Fiona for 30 years. Many good winners have spent part of their early careers at the stud, though not all of them have raced under its banner. Among the best horses through its hands are Danseuse du Soir, who won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches in 1991, My Best Valentine (Prix de l'Abbaye) and 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hero Where Or When. Other notable names include 2014 Investec Derby runner-up/St Leger winner Kingston Hill, who was consigned by the stud at Tattersalls, Italian Group One winner Scintillo and top-class chaser Captain Conan. The 2018 G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes scorer Poet's Word was also bred at Woodcote. John Davis is a lifelong friend of the couple.
No previous Investec Oaks winners
 
Peter Chapple-Hyam (St Gatien Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk)
Born: April 2, 1963, in Leamington Spa. Background: Worked for Barry Hills, Fred Rimell and Lynda Ramsden before taking over the licence from Hills at the late Robert Sangster's Manton complex in 1991. With Sangster as his main patron, Chapple-Hyam hit the ground running, securing major two-year-old Group One victories in his first season, with Dr Devious winning the Dewhurst Stakes and the brilliant Rodrigo De Triano landing the Middle Park Stakes. The latter gave Lester Piggott his 30th British Classic win in the 1992 2,000 Guineas, while Dr Devious captured the 1992 Investec Derby. Chapple-Hyam trained in Hong Kong from 1999 until returning to Britain in 2004. He has saddled two Investec Derby winners, from 16 runners, with Authorized becoming his second winner in 2007 and giving Frankie Dettori a first success in the Epsom Downs feature. British Classic wins: (3) QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1992 Rodrigo De Triano), Investec  Derby (1992 Dr Devious, 2007 Authorized) Other major wins include: Champion Stakes (1992 Rodrigo De Triano, 1995 Spectrum), French 2000 Guineas (1998 Victory Note), Grand Criterium (1996 Revoque), Irish Champion Stakes (1992 Dr Devious), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1992 Rodrigo De Triano, 1994 Turtle Island, 1995 Spectrum), Italian Derby (1993 White Muzzle, 1997 Single Empire), Juddmonte International Stakes (1992 Rodrigo De Triano), Prix de l'Abbaye (1997 Carmine Lake), Prix de la Salamandre (1996 Revoque), Prix Morny (2006 Dutch Art), Futurity Stakes (1998 Commander Collins, 2015 Marcel), Middle Park Stakes (1991 Rodrigo De Triano, 2006 Dutch Art).
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing third (Oakmead 1992) from six runners
 
Tom Queally
Born: October 8, 1984, County Waterford. Background: Son of farmer and trainer Declan Queally. Was out hunting on his pony by the age of seven. After a spell showjumping, became a leading figure on the pony racing circuit by the age of 13. Apprenticed to trainer Pat Flynn at 15, although the apprenticeship was terminated when Queally's parents insisted he finish his leaving certificate at school. Rode his first winner, Larifaari, at Clonmel on April 13, 2000. Moved to Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle at the end of 2002. With the help of former owner/trainer Barney Curley, moved to Britain in 2004 and joined David Loder's Newmarket stable. Started riding for Sir Henry Cecil in 2008 and became an integral part of the trainer's operation and will forever be associated with the unbeaten Frankel, whom he rode to all 14 victories. Moved to the USA in November, 2017, and rode in California that winter. Accolades:Champion Apprentice - Ireland (2000). British Classic Wins (1): QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2011 Frankel). He has had six Royal Ascot wins. Other Big Race Wins Include: Champion Stakes (2009 & 2010 Twice Over, 2012 Frankel), Dewhurst Stakes (2010 Frankel), Darley July Cup (2009 Fleeting Spirit), Nassau Stakes (2009, 2010 & 2011 Midday), Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2009 Midday), Yorkshire Cup (2010 Manifest), Coral-Eclipse (2010 Twice Over), Yorkshire Oaks (2010 Midday), Falmouth Stakes (2011 Timepiece), Sussex Stakes (2011 Frankel, 2012 Frankel), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2011 Frankel), Juddmonte International (2012 Frankel), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2009 Art Connoisseur), St James's Palace Stakes (2011 Frankel), Queen Anne Stakes (2012 Frankel), QIPCO British Champion Sprint (2016 The Tin Man), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2017 The Tin Man).
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing second (Midday 2009) from three rides
 
Tarnawa (IRE)
Breeding: ch f Shamardal (USA) - Tarana (IRE) (Cape Cross (IRE))
Born: February 9, 2016
Breeder: His Highness The Aga Khan's Studs S C
Owner: H H Aga Khan
Trainer: Dermot Weld IRE
Jockey: Chris Hayes
Form: 322-131
*Ran on well to win the G3 Blue Wind Stakes over 10 furlongs at Naas on May 11, defeating odds-on favourite Who's Steph by a neck.
*Started 2019 campaign with a 10-furlong maiden success at Leopardstown on April 3 before finishing third (beaten 1 3/4 lengths) behind Investec Oaks favourite Pink Dogwood in the Listed Salsabil Stakes over the same distance at Navan on April 28.
*Hit the frame in all three starts as a two-year-old, including when second behind Peach Tree in the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes (1m) at Navan in October.
*Dam was a dual Listed winner at around 12 furlongs.
Race record: Starts: 6; Wins: 2; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £68,663
 
H H Aga Khan
Born: Geneva on December 13, 1936. Background: Harvard-educated His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims. Son of Prince Aly Khan, whose racing interests he inherited after his father's death in a car accident in May, 1960. It was in the 1970s that the Aga Khan resumed the family's rich racing traditions. His grandfather won the Derby five times with Blenheim (1930), Bahram (1935), Mahmoud (1936), My Love (1948) and Tulyar (1952). In 1973, the present Aga Khan built a new stud in Normandy, the Haras de Bonneval, and in 1978 opened the magnificent Aiglemont complex near Chantilly, which includes a 100-box training centre, a chateau where the Aga resides, and an office building from where the owner's worldwide business interests which include an airline, hotels and charity work are conducted. He is also a major shareholder in the Arqana and Goffs sales companies. The Aga Khan has an enterprising breeding policy and is never afraid to use stallions away from the mainstream. Almost exclusively, he races home breds but is always keen to acquire new bloodlines - buying the late Francois Dupre's stock in 1977, that of the late Marcel Boussac in 1978 and Jean-Luc Lagardere's in 2005. Studs include Gilltown and Sallymount in Ireland and Haras de Saint Crespin in France. Has owned numerous big-race winners globally and has captured the Investec Derby five times, emulating his grandfather, most famously with the record 10-length victor Shergar in 1981. In 2000, Sinndar became the first horse to win the Investec Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the same season. He boycotted British racing from December 1990 until Royal Ascot in June, 1995, as a result of his filly Aliysa's disqualification from the 1989 Oaks at Epsom. Aliysa tested positive for camphor in her post race dope test and, after losing a long battle with the Jockey Club, the Aga Khan withdrew his horses from Britain. A further positive test led the owner to withdraw 30 horses he had with trainer Luca Cumani in January, 2000. His horses are now split between Dermot Weld and Michael Halford in Ireland and Alain de Royer-Dupre and Jean-Claude Rouget in France. In 2008, his brilliant unbeaten champion filly Zarkava won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and was named Cartier Horse Of The Year. He captured his fifth Investec Derby in 2016 courtesy of the Dermot Weld-trained Harzand, who scored under Pat Smullen, despite picking up a foot injury on the day of the race. Harzand went on to give his owner a fifth Epsom and Irish Derby double when scoring at the Curragh later the same month. His daughter Princess Zahra Aga Khan is also a successful owner. 
No previous Investec Oaks wins
 
Dermot Weld (The Curragh, County Kildare)
Born: July 29, 1948. Background: One of the world's leading trainers, having saddled big-race winners in four different continents. Qualified veterinary surgeon who took over the training licence following the death of his father Charlie in 1972. Had also assisted Tommy Smith in Australia and rode as amateur, winning 1975 Moet Chandon Silver Magnum at Epsom Downs on Lane Court (defeating Luca Cumani on Fool's Mate). Has had 17 Royal Ascot successes. Has won all the Irish Classics at least once - Irish Derby (1996 Zagreb, 2004 Grey Swallow, 2016 Harzand), Irish Oaks (1981 Blue Wind, 1996 Dance Design), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1986 Flash of Steel), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1982 Prince's Polly, 1988 Trusted Partner, 2006 Nightime, 2010 Bethrah), Irish St Leger (1993 & 1994 Vintage Crop, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004 Vinnie Roe, 2013 Voleuse De Coeurs). British Classic wins: Investec Oaks (1981 Blue Wind), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2003 Refuse To Bend), Investec Derby (2016, Harzand) Other major wins include: Belmont Stakes (1990 Go And Go - first horse trained outside North America to win leg of American Triple Crown), Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop, 2005 Media Puzzle), Matriarch Stakes (2002 Dress To Thrill), Matron Stakes (1977 Valley Forge, 2002 Dress To Thrill, 2011 Emulous), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1987 Flutter Away), National Stakes (1977 Diamonds Are Trumps, 1981 Day Is Done, 1994 Definite Article, 1998 Mus-If, 2002 Refuse To Bend), Pretty Polly Stakes (1992 Market Booster, 1996 & 1997 Dance Design, 2010 Chinese White), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1987 Cockney Lass, 1996 Definite Article, 1997 Dance Design, 2005 Grey Swallow, 2009 Casual Conquest, 2016 Fascinating Rock), Prix de l'Abbaye (1984 & 1985 Committed), Nunthorpe Stakes (1984 Committed), Sun Chariot Stakes (2002 Dress To Thrill), Hong Kong Mile (1991 Additional Risk), American Derby (2000 Pine Dance, 2003 Evolving Tactics, 2004 Simple Exchange), American Oaks (2003 Dimitrova), Secretariat Stakes (2008 Winchester), Gold Cup (2010 Rite Of Passage), Coronation Stakes (1978 Sutton Place), St James's Palace Stakes (1992 Brief Truce), Prince of Wales's Stakes (2015 Free Eagle), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2015 Fascinating Rock), Man O'War Stakes (2017 Zhukova). 
Investec Oaks Record: One win (Blue Wind 1981) from six runners
 
Chris Hayes
Born: August 11, 1987 Background: spent three years riding competitively on the pony racing circuit, during which time he partnered 66 winners, before joining the RACE (Racing Centre of Education) when he was 16. After graduating in the summer of 2004, he was apprenticed to Kevin Prendergast and has been based with him ever since and also been linked to the Fozzie Stack yard since 2017. First winner: Anonymity, Bellewstown, July 2, 2004 Accolades: champion apprentice in Ireland in 2005, 2006 and 2007. First Group One winner: La Collina, Matron Stakes, Leopardstown, September 7, 2013 Irish Classic wins (2): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2016 Awtaad), Irish St Leger (2013 Voleuse De Coeurs) 
Investec Oaks Record: No previous rides
 
Tauteke
Breeding: b f Sea The Stars (IRE) - Tamarind (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
Born: March 15, 2016
Breeder: Hesmonds Stud Ltd
Owner: Nurlan Bizakov
Trainer: Roger Varian
Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
Form: 31-2
*The six-length runner-up to Anapurna in the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial on May 11.
*Ran twice on the All-Weather in November, finishing an eye-catching third at Kempton Park before a gutsy head success at Chelmsford City.
*Name means a type of antelope in Kazak.
Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £16,940    
 
Nurlan Bizakov
Born: February, 1964 Background: Kazakhstani businessman. Chairman and major shareholder of Kazphosphate, one of Kazakhstan's largest phosphorus producers. Has been named as one of the 50 richest people in mineral-rich Kazakhstan by Forbes magazine. Racing Interests: Purchased the 700-acre Hesmonds Stud in Sussex in 2010 and has built up a team of 25 broodmares. Hesmonds Stud is managed by Tony Fry. Currently has around 30 horses with Roger Varian and Archie Watson. Big Race Wins: Lonsdale Cup (2009 Askar Tau), Doncaster Cup (2009 Askar Tau), Sagaro Stakes (2011 Askar Tau).
No previous Investec Oaks wins
 
Roger Varian (Carlburg Stables, Newmarket)
Born: March 14, 1979 Background: Spent weekends riding out for Alan and Lawney Hill when at school. Moved to California aged just 15 and spent six months riding for Hollywood Park trainer Frank Garza Jnr after finishing school. Moved back to the UK and rode seven winners as an amateur and conditional during three years with Jump trainer Josh Gifford. Subsequently spent three months riding for trainer Jack Fisher in Maryland, USA, enjoying three winners, before a bad fall shattered his wrist and forced him to retire from the saddle. Returned to Britain in May, 2001, to become assistant to Michael Jarvis and held the post for 10 years before taking over the licence in March, 2011. Moved to Carlburg Stables in January, 2017, after purchasing the yard from Clive Brittain. He had 100 British winners for the first time in 2015. British Classic wins (1): William Hill St Leger (2014 Kingston Hill) Other major wins include: Prix de l'Opera (2011 Nahrain), Flower Bowl Invitational (2012 Nahrain), Pretty Polly Stakes (2013 Ambivalent, 2017 Nezwaah), Racing Post Trophy (2013 Kingston Hill), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2014 Cursory Glance), Dewhurst Stakes (2014 Belardo), Criterium International (2014 Vert De Grece), Dubai Sheema Classic (2016 Postponed), Lockinge Stakes (2016 Belardo), Juddmonte International (2016 Postponed), Prix Jean Romanet (2017 Ajman Princess), E P Taylor Stakes (2018 Sheika Reika), Prix D'Ispahan (2019 Zabeel Prince)
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing 15th (2014 Anipa) from one runner
 
Andrea Atzeni
Born: March 26, 1991 in Sardinia. Background:  With no family background involvement in racing - his mother was a nurse and his father a farmer - it was by accident the young Atzeni was introduced to horses through a school friend who used to go riding after school. He was hooked from that day and, soon after, his father bought him his first horse, called 'Stella'. Andrea's apprenticeship started in Milan, Italy at the age of 15 with multiple Italian champion trainer Alduino Botti and he then joined the trainer's son Marco in Newmarket, UK, in 2006. A graduate of the British Racing School, he rode work in the US in the winter of 2008/2009. His first Classic winner came in the 2014 St Leger on the Roger Varian-trained Kingston Hill. Appointed first jockey to Qatar Racing from the start of 2015, but gave up the job at the end of the year to ride for trainer Roger Varian. British Classic Wins (2): St Leger (2014 Kingston Hill, 2015 Simple Verse) Major wins include Italian Derby (2013 Biz The Nurse), Racing Post Trophy (2013 Kingston Hill, 2014 Elm Park, 2015 Marcel, 2016 Rivet), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2014 Postponed), Dewhurst Stakes (2014 Belardo), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2015 Postponed), QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2015 Simple Verse), Dubai Sheema Classic (2016 Postponed), Lockinge Stakes (2016 Belardo), Investec Coronation Cup (2016 Postponed), Juddmonte International (2016 Postponed), Jebel Hatta (2017 Decorated Knight), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2017 Decorated Knight), Goodwood Cup (2017 & 2018 Stradivarius), Irish Champion Stakes (2017 Decorated Knight), Prix Jean Romanet (2017 Ajman Princess), Canadian International (2018 Desert Encounter), E P Taylor Stakes (2018 Sheikha Reika)
Investec Oaks Record: Best placing fifth (2017 Coronet) from three rides

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