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Lily added to Oaks field

Yorkshire is to be represented in the Investec Oaks next Friday after Lily Rules was supplemented for the race on Thursday morning.

Trained in Malton by Tony Coyle, the Aussie Rules filly enjoyed the step up to just over a mile and a quarter at York's Dante meeting when she finished second in the Musidora Stakes on May 14.

Lily Rules had been considered more likely to run in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, but connections have stumped up the 30,000 required to confirm her place in the Epsom Classic over a mile and a half.

Coyle said: "I'll never have another filly good enough to run in the race, so she's going for the Oaks.

"The odds are stacked against her, but she'll hopefully beat more horses than what beat her.

"She's not guaranteed to get the trip, but she loves soft ground.

"That was a big decision behind supplementing her as it's quite wet at Epsom at the moment.

"She's only small, but she's built like a colt and is tough and genuine.

"I think she's the only northern horse in the race so it's great to have her going there in such good form."

Coyle confirmed that Barry McHugh, who has partnered Lily Rules in eight of her 10 career starts, will keep the ride at Epsom.

The trainer said: "Barry rides at our place three mornings a week and knows her very well.

"He'd be crying if he didn't ride her in the Oaks."