Epsom Oaks Winner for Frankel
Tara Madgwick - Saturday June 1
The Group I Epsom Oaks was run overnight with victory going to Frankel filly Anapurna, who was tenacious to the line in beating the favourite Pink Dogwood, a daughter of Camelot.

Anapurna edges out the Coolmore entry Pink Dogwood - image Epsom Downs TwitterPrepared by John Gosden, Anapurna won the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial leading into this and showed plenty of heart to nose out Pink Dogwood after being headed to win by a neck. She has now three of her four starts.

"Anapurna has sharpened enormously from Lingfield, but you can't overtrain a filly like this. She's just taken time to come to herself and is incredibly brave. I thought coming past the furlong pole we'd be a valiant second or third, but she dug deep and the jockey (Frankie Dettori) dug deep," said John Gosden.

A homebred for Meon Valley Stud, Anapurna is the best of five winners from stakes-winning Montjeu mare Dash to the Top, a half-sister to the dam of dueal French Group I winner Super Boarding.

She has an interesting pedigree given her close inbreeding to Sadler's Wells 3 x 3 which is reminiscent of the 2017 Epsom Oaks winner Enable (Sadler's Wells 3 x 2), who subsequently won the Group I Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp twice.

Anapurna is the first European classic winner for Frankel and is his seventh Group I winner.

Frankel is available for Southern Hemisphere covers this year at Banstead Manor Stud at a fee of 80,000 pounds.

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