Marvellous enters Oaks picture

  • Last Updated: May 26 2014, 9:14 BST

Marvellous was cut to a best of 7/1 for the Investec Oaks after an impressive win in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

Marvellous: Impressive in Ireland
Marvellous: Impressive in Ireland

Aidan O'Brien's filly looked better the further she went in beating Lightning Thunder, who started favourite for the race on the back of a fine effort in the English equivalent.

William Hill were particularly taken with her display, cutting the filly to 6/1 from 20s, and Jon Ivan-Duke said: "Taghrooda has been out on her own at the head of the Oaks market for too long and now we have a Marvellous challenger for her as we head to Epsom."

The likes of Sky Bet and Betfred initially offered 8/1 from around the 20/1 mark, with BetVictor, Paddy Power and Boylesports among those quoting 10/1 in the aftermath of the race.

However, all were forced to take further action and come Monday morning it was a case of 7/1 across the board, with the exception of a few firms quoting 6/1.

Hayley O'Connor of Ladbrokes, who offer 7/1, said: "It might not have been the result we expected but Marvellous was impressive today and we immediately shortened her price to add to her Classic tally."

Taghrooda remains favourite for the race at a best of 2/1, from 6/1 chance Tarfasha and Godolphin's Ihtimal at 7/1.

In France, Cirrus Des Aigles got the better of Olympic Glory to make two-from-two for the season and he's into a general 7/2 for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

That race could see a rematch between him and Arc winner Treve, who was beaten for the first time on her return to action. Despite that, she's favourite for the 10 furlong contest at a best of 7/4 with Ladbrokes.

Magician also holds an entry but is out to a general 8/1 having been beaten by Noble Mission at the Curragh, while Olympic Glory was eased to 16/1 by Stan James and Ladbrokes having trailed home in fourth at Longchamp.

Rory Jiwani of StanJames.com said: "We were happy to take on the eight-year-old gelding but he proved he is as good as ever on soft ground at Longchamp.

"Olympic Glory was a disappointment in fourth and he looked like a non-stayer although the exertions of his Lockinge win eight days ago may have taken their toll.

"We trimmed Cirrus Des Aigles from 7/2 to 10/3 for the Prince Of Wales with Arc heroine Treve now 11/8 from 13/8 at the head of the market."

  • Posted at 0915 BST on 26/05/2014.