06/01/2004 11:00PM

Punctilious vs. Sundrop in Oaks


The Group 1 Vodafone Oaks at Epsom on Friday has drawn a field of seven. The two favorites, Punctilious, ridden by Frankie Dettori, and Sundrop, Kerrin McEvoy aboard, are from Godolphin, while three more come from the Aidan O'Brien stable.

Jamie Spencer rides the leading Irish hope, All Too Beautiful, who is unbeaten in two races. Ouija Board, who won by six lengths at Newmarket on May 2, has the best chance of upsetting the two big stables.

Ouija Board will be ridden by Kieren Fallon, who is also booked Friday for Scott's View, one of two Mark Johnston-trained runners in a competitive field for the Group 1 Vodafone Coronation Cup, over the same 1 1/2-mile distance as the Oaks.

The 12 runners are led by Brian Boru and High Accolade, the first two in last year's English St. Leger, and the French filly Vallee Enchantee, who ended last year with a narrow victory over Polish Summer and Warrsan in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. Warrsan tries again here.

Vallee Enchantee has run once this year, finishing fourth to Execute in the Group 1 Prix Ganay after not having a clear run from over one furlong out. She got free when it was too late, but finished well and will appreciate the additional three-sixteenths of a mile.

* Tizdubai, who in her last start scored a four-length victory in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 9, makes her European debut at Epsom on Friday. She is one of 10 fillies in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

A full sister to Tiznow, Tizdubai will be ridden by McEvoy, the young Australian who joined the Godolphin team this year. Godolphin is also represented by Gonfilia, with Dettori up. The German-bred Gonfilia is the only 4-year-old in the field, the rest being 3.