Was lands Oaks for Classic king O’Brien

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By James Burn
Racing Post

Investec Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo fillies

AIDAN O’BRIEN’s domination of this season’s British Classics continued on Friday when Was landed the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

The 20-1 winner, ridden handily by Seamie Heffernan, rallied gamely to beat 16-1 shot Shirocco Star by a neck. 11-4 favourite The Fugue was third.

O’Brien, who has already landed the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas this term, was celebrating his 200th Group 1 triumph and his fourth Oaks success, but it was a first major British triumph for Heffernan.

O’Brien, who saddled five runners in the race, said: “They are all well-bred fillies so anything is possible. She came out of her first run wonderfully and we’re delighted.”

Heffernan, sporting the purple silks of Was’s owner Derrick Smith, added: “I had plenty of horse and had enough horse to take two lengths. When you have plenty of petrol you can go where you like.

“I’ve been very lucky in these colours and have to thank the owner for having the trust in’me and leaving’me on the horse.”

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