White rockets to Oaks favouritism

Chinese White was cut to as low as 5-1 favourite with Ladbrokes for the Vodafone Oaks after reappearing with a smooth success at Gowran Park.

Chinese White was cut to as low as 5-1 favourite with Ladbrokes for the Vodafone Oaks after reappearing with a smooth success at Gowran Park.

Dermot Weld’s filly was sent off the 5-4 favourite in the ISF EBF Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes and did not let her supporters down, readily coming four and a half lengths clear of Zafayra.

Connections have yet to commit their filly to the Epsom Classic, but Weld was taken with the performance and is likely to pitch her into Group One company next.

He said: “She did that nicely and we’ll see how she comes out of that, it’ll probably be about a week’s time before we decide where to go.

“She’s in (the Oaks) at Epsom, she’s in the Irish Oaks and the Prix de Diane too and will probably go for one of those races next.

“The obvious race would be the Irish Oaks, but I wouldn’t rule out Epsom.

“She had been slow coming in her coat and was carrying a bit of excess weight but we were happy with that performance in the ground, which was softer than ideal.

“She’ll want good ground but her class won it for her today. She is potentially a very high-class staying filly.”

Coral, VC Bet, Blue Square and William Hill all go 6-1, while totesport were also impressed and cut Chinese White to 7-1 from 10s for the Oaks, just one point longer than Dar Re Mi who heads their betting at 6-1.

Paddy Power make Chinese White 7-1 favourite.

Hebridean kept the Aidan O’Brien ball rolling when running out an easy winner of the 12-furlong PricewaterhouseCoopers Classic Trial.

Having struck with Henrythenavigator in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday, the victory of the 11-4 chance came at an admittedly lower level.

Yet the Seamus Heffernan-ridden winner, having his first run at the trip, seemed to show progression in beating Ebadiyan by an easy three and a half lengths to follow up last year’s win of Mahler.

Heffernan said: “He’s an improving horse – he had eight runs as a two-year-old and managed to win just the one.

“This trip seemed to bring out the best in him, he’s very useful over a trip and he’s very genuine too.

“He should develop into a nice staying horse.”

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