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Bunting & Fairy set for York clash

Updated: Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 15:01

Blue Bunting - Swooped late to win the Darley Irish Oaks under Frankie Dettori
Blue Bunting - Swooped late to win the Darley Irish Oaks under Frankie Dettori

Dual Classic winners Blue Bunting and Snow Fairy feature among the nine fillies declared for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday.

Godolphin's Blue Bunting won the 1000 Guineas for trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni at Newmarket in May and although beaten into fourth in the Oaks at Epsom, she returned to winning ways in the Irish equivalent.

The year older Snow Fairy won both the English and Irish Oaks in 2010 and bids to go one better than 12 months ago in this Group One having chased home Midday last time around.

Jim Bolger's incredibly durable filly Banimpire makes the journey from Ireland as she bids to secure her seventh victory of the season, joined on the trip by Aidan O'Brien's classy filly Wonder Of Wonders and Laughing Lashes from Jessica Harrington's yard.

With Midday lining up in Wednesday's Juddmonte International against the boys, her trainer Henry Cecil relies on Vita Nova, a hugely unlucky loser of the Lancashire Oaks on her latest appearance.

Godolphin second string Rumh, Michael Stoute's Crystal Capella and likely rank outsider Brushing complete the field.

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