05/02/2011 12:08PM

Chester; Wonder of Wonders right back for Cheshire Oaks


Wonder of Wonders, who won a maiden race in her 2011 debut at Tipperary, Ireland, last Thursday, will make her a quick turnaround for her stakes debut in Wednesday’s Cheshire Oaks at Chester Racecourse in England.

A win in the Chesire Oaks, run over about 1 3/8 miles, could lead to a start in the English Oaks at Epsom on June 3. Wonder of Wonders is by Kingmambo out of All Too Beautiful, by Sadler’s Wells. All Too Beautiful was second as the favorite to Ouija Board in the 2004 English Oaks and won two stakes in her career.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Wonder of Wonders is one of nine fillies in the Cheshire Oaks, a race that did not draw a strong field.

Wonder of Wonders, who will be ridden by Ryan Moore, is the only 2011 winner in the field, which includes Musharakaat, who was third in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last September, and Fork Handles, third in the Prix Du Calvados at Deauville last August. The field features three maidens.

The Chester card also features the Cheshire Cup over about 2 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs. The race drew a field of 19, and is wide open. Overturn, a 7-year-old gelding, who has alternated between marathon races on the flat and hurdle races in the last year, was the 13-2 favorite as of Monday.

◗ Wednesday in Ireland, Kauto Star, the winner of the 2007 and 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cups, seeks the 15th Grade 1 win of his career in the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup for steeplechasers over 3 1/8 miles. Kauto Star, 11, was third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.