Since October, Blue Bunting has been ranked as a top candidate for Friday&rsquo;s Group 1 English Oaks by Sheikh Mohammed&rsquo;s powerful Godolphin Racing stable. Her recent victory in the English 1000 Guineas has made Blue Bunting an even stronger favorite for the Oaks, which is run over about 1 1/2 miles on turf at Epsom Downs and carries a purse of approximately $533,000.\r\n\r\nA Kentucky-bred by Dynaformer, Blue Bunting won the English 1000 Guineas in a 16-1 upset over a mile on turf at Newmarket on May 1, a distance that Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford thought was too short for her best race. \r\n\r\n&ldquo;She is bred to stay much further and has always looked like she wants to a mile and a half,&rdquo; Crisford said on Godolphin&rsquo;s webstie last week. &ldquo;Winning the Guineas was a fantastic bonus.\r\n\r\n&ldquo;Blue Bunting has done extremely well since the Guineas, has gained a little bit of weight, looks fantastic, and her work has been very nice. Everything is positive.&rdquo;\r\n\r\nWednesday, Blue Bunting was listed as the 2-1 favorite by British bookmakers for the Oaks, which has drawn a field of 13. Blue Bunting, purchased for $200,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton yearling sale at Saratoga, has won 2 of 3 starts, with all the races at Newmarket. She won her second start in the Montrose Stakes over a mile last October, which prompted discussions about the English Oaks.\r\n\r\nBlue Bunting must beat the improving Wonder of Wonders, the winner of the Cheshire Oaks at Chester Racecourse by 2 3/4 lengths on May 4 for trainer Aidan O&rsquo;Brien. Wonder of Wonders beat maidens in her third start, which came at Tipperary, Ireland, on April 28.\r\n\r\nO&rsquo;Brien also starts Misty for Me, the winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas on May 22 who was 11th in the English 1000 Guineas. Misty for Me won two Group 1 races at 2 &ndash; the Moyglare Stud Stakes in Ireland and the Prix Marcel Boussac in France.\r\n\r\n◗ O&rsquo;Brien has the leading contender for Friday&rsquo;s Group 1 Coronation Cup for older horses with St. Nicholas Abbey, a nine-length winner of the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at Chester on May 6. A 4-year-old Irish-bred colt, St. Nicholas Abbey will be after his second Group 1 win, having won the Racing Post Trophy for 2-year-olds in 2009.\r\n\r\nSt. Nicholas Abbey made one start at 3, finishing sixth as the even-money favorite in the English 2000 Guineas.\r\n\r\nSt. Nicholas Abbey is favored, but there will be strong support for Midday, the winner of the 2009 Breeders&rsquo; Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita in 2009. A 5-year-old, Midday was second in the 2010 BC Filly and Mare Turf and won the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York last month in her first start of the year. The Coronation Cup, which is run over about 1 1/2 miles, will be her first start against males since a second in a conditions race at Epsom in April 2009. Midday is seeking her sixth Grade 1 or Group 1win.