Alex an ace, says Fallon

ALEXANDROVA could be the one to beat in the Vodafone Oaks on Friday, according to her jockey Kieren Fallon.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly is favourite at around 100-30 for the Classic despite being beaten by one of her Epsom rivals, Short Skirt, in the Musidora Stakes at York.

“I can’t see why she wouldn’t handle Epsom. She went around Tralee in a maiden which is quite a tricky, sharp track. She travels well,” Fallon told Racing UK yesterday.

“She didn’t travel as well in the Musidora. She knocked over at the start and had the stuffing knocked out of her and I’ve gone too soon on her then.

“Basically it was a mess but she did nothing wrong and if she improves on that she’s the one they have to beat.”

Another Irish trained filly, Galatee, has attracted plenty of support and was trimmed with most bookmakers.

Galatee, supplemented by trainer Jim Bolger on Saturday, is now 9-2 second favourite from 11-2 with Coral.

“All we are laying at the moment in the Oaks is Galatee and if the money keeps coming over the next few days then she will definitely start favourite for the race,” said Coral spokesman Simon Clare.

“It would be extraordinary if a filly that wasn’t even in the Oaks betting last Friday starts favourite for the race less than seven days later.”

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