Smullen sweet on Chinese Oaks chance despite big step up in class

PAT Smullen believes Chinese White deserves her place in the line-up for Friday’s Juddmonte Oaks at Epsom and admits he would “not swap her for anything”.

A six-length victor on her debut at Leopardstown last September, Dermot Weld’s filly was an impressive winner of a Listed event at Gowran Park last time.

Whilst Smullen acknowledges that this is a big step up in class for his mount, he expects her to prove up to the task.

“She has done everything we have asked of her and won really well the last day. I am really excited about riding her on Friday,” said Smullen.

“You never know if they will handle the track until they are they’re racing on it but she seems to be a very agile filly so I don’t think it will bother her.”

The daughter of Dalakhani is drawn 14 of 16 but Smullen does not believe that will play too much of a part on Friday. “Ideally you would like to be in the middle of them, but we will just have to try to navigate our way around and get ourselves into a nice position.

“There are some nice fillies in there but mine is in very good form and I wouldn’t swap her for anything,” Smullen told At The Races.

Peter Chapple-Hyam is confident Cape Amber will make her presence felt in the Group One contest.

Last seen chasing home Lush Lashes in the Musidora Stakes on her seasonal reappearance, Chapple-Hyam believes she has improved significantly since and is looking forward to taking on that rival again on Friday.

“She is improving every day and I could not be happier with her. The form of her last run is obviously rock solid and Lush Lashes will be a very hard filly to beat again on Friday, but I did use the race as a trial and my filly will improve.

“The more rain the better for her as she needs to get her toe in. I definitely think we will be in the first three but it is a pretty good race,” said Chapple-Hyam.

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