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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent
Monday, May 28, 2012
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Kailani has been given the chance to follow up on her illustrious dam Kazzia’s success, following news that the daughter of Monsun has been supplemented for the Investec Oaks.
Kazzia bagged the 1000 Guineas and Oaks double for Godolphin trainer and jockey partnership of Saeed Bin Suroor and Frankie Dettori a decade ago.
And now Kailani, a seven length winner of the listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month, has the chance to replicate the 2002 victory, after Godolphin stumped up the late entry fee of £20,000.
“Kailani has done nothing wrong in both her starts to date and we decided to take a chance by running her in the Investec Oaks,” her trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni said.
“She worked really well on Friday and I think that she has improved since her run at Newmarket. We were quite easy on our horses at the beginning of the season and a lot of them have come on for their first start.
“She won her maiden on good ground but we cannot say 100 per cent whether she will handle good to firm until we run her on it.
“It’s the same with her handling the course, although I expect that the step up to a mile and a half will suit her.
“We don’t know how good she is and we are waiting for her to surprise us.”