France sets sights on France

  • Last Updated: May 4 2014, 17:29 BST

Taghrooda is 3/1 favourite for the Investec Oaks but Miss France, who was cut to as low as 12/1 after landing the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, is more likely to head to Chantilly.

Miss France has been cut for the Oaks
Miss France has been cut for the Oaks

The Dansili filly was completing a double on the day for French handler Andre Fabre following the impressive success of Esoterique earlier on the card and is now a general 12/1 for the June Classic from 33s although she's 20/1 in a place while some firms scratched her from their lists.

The two fillies that chased her home, Lightning Thunder and Ihtimal, at distances of a neck and half a length were also the subject of price changes.

There is a marked difference of opinion with regards the runner-up whose price varies between 33/1 and 12/1 but there was more accord when it came to assessing the claims of the Godolphin-owned third although she is as low as 7/1 (from 16s) and as high as 14s.

Fabre, however, indicated that Miss France would run in the French equivalent (the Prix de Diane) instead of Epsom while Olly Stevens - trainer of Lightning Thunder - was looking towards Royal Ascot.

There were mixed results for the layers with Ladbrokes' David Williams reporting: "All our good fortune unraveled as Miss France came home to the cheers of the punters. It wasn't a knockout blow and it could have been worse but it was painful enough.

"Honours were even between punters and bookies across the weekend but they had the last laugh at Newmarket thanks to Monsieur Fabre."

The outlook was a little rosier in Manchester where Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: "It wasn't a fantastic result for us, but we can hardly complain after Night Of Thunder's exploits yesterday.

"Rizeena was the major blot on our liabilities sheet and our primary objective was to get her out of the frame."

There was a more significant performance, at least as far as Epsom is concerned, from Taghrooda in the Pretty Polly Stakes, a race that Talent won en route to her Oaks victory.

Already favourite for the Epsom Classic at 10/1 and shorter this morning, John Gosden's filly was slashed to 3/1 after extending her unbeaten run to two in impressive fashion with a six length victory, stretching right away from her field.

"Taghrooda has thoroughly justified her position at the head of the Oaks market and it will take a very good horse to beat her at Epsom," said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

StanJames' Rory Jiwani was of one mind with Ivan-Duke saying: "Taghrooda was favourite for the Oaks before racing and she strengthened her claims with a most impressive performance in the Pretty Polly Stakes.

"We cut John Gosden's inmate from 8/1 to 3/1 and that price may not last long as it will take a very good filly to beat her at Epsom in a month's time."

It remains to be seen whether Tapestry lines up against her there. Aidan O'Brien's filly was sent off as favourite for the Guineas but trailed in last and was pushed out to 25/1 (from 10s) by a number of firms.

  • Updated at 1730 BST on 04/05/2014.