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O'Brien five in Oaks frame

Aidan O'Brien could have up to five runners in the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday week, including Marvellous.

Ballydoyle's battalion is likely to be spearhead by the winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh last Sunday.

Stablemate Bracelet was well beaten in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month but she, too, could feature in the Epsom Classic, staged this year in memory of Sir Henry Cecil.

O'Brien said: "Bracelet is a possible. There's also Tapestry, Marvellous and I suppose the filly (Dazzling) that ran in the trial in Navan.

"We'd be looking at four or five possibles at the moment."

Frankie Dettori was encouraged by Amazing Maria when the partnership cantered at the 'Breakfast with the Stars' morning at Epsom.

Ed Dunlop's filly looked impressive in the Group Three Prestige Stakes at Goodwood last season but will run in the Oaks without a prep run.

Dettori said: "When you miss a trial it's important to get her here (to Epsom) and stretch her legs.

"The rain's quite good, she raced on it before and she likes it. I was very pleased.

"We know she's definitely got natural ability.

"Its different going from a mile to a mile and a half but Ed has been here and done it before."

Stablemate Island Remede also worked at Epsom on Thursday morning to confirm her place in the line-up.

Dunlop said: "She will like the ground and the owner is keen to give her a run."

Cambridge has, however, been ruled out of the Oaks by trainer Charlie Hills. The well-regarded Rail Link filly finished down the field in the Musidora Stakes at York on her return to action and is not ready for the demands of Epsom.

Hills said: "Cambridge won't run. We've found a couple of things to work on and we'll give her a chance."