Sir Henry Cecil’s subsequent Oaks winner followed her debut runner-up effort with victory in the 2000 renewal of this contest, then known as the Lupe, and Mr Nurlan Bizakov’s Gakku will try to follow a similar path having been narrowly denied on her debut at Yarmouth three weeks ago.
The daughter of Pivotal, who is from the family of Cassandra Go and 1,000 Guineas second Rhododendron, lost out by a short-head to Present Tense on her racecourse bow over a mile, and she now steps up to middle-distances as seven are set to go to post for this £40,000 prize.
Her rivals include a brace of Juddmonte Farms representatives, Icespire and Mori, alongside recent Beverley maiden winner Coconut Crème.
Roger said: “Gakku shaped promisingly on her reappearance in what looked a warm maiden full of nice pedigrees. While this is clearly a step up in grade, she doesn’t have masses to find on the bare form and I expect her to be suited by extra two furlongs. She ought to be competitive. ”