16:30 Epsom Downs Fri 2 June 2017

  • Investec Oaks (Fillies' Group 1) (Class 1)
  • 1m 4f 10y, Good
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£283,550.002nd£107,500.003rd£53,800.004th£26,800.005th£13,450.006th£6,750.00
  • Surface: Turf

Weighed In

Winning time:2m 34.13sOff time:16:33:07
1
(7)
39-0OR: 106BF
16/1
Beaten even money favourite at Chester last time out, but won a Tipperary maiden in eye-catching fashion the time before. No doubt there's more to come this year but she appears to be the yard's second string.
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2
(6)
39-0OR: 103
12/1
Listed winner as a juvenile and comeback run in France was a promising effort last time, shaping like she may need a little further. Will enjoy the greater stamina test here but Dettori prefers the claims of Enable.
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4
(9)
39-0OR: 107
6/1
Impressive when taking a Chester Listed race last time and has the beating of Alluringly on that form. Front two finished well clear that day but she will probably need to improve again and draw looks a little wider than ideal. Holds place claims regardless.
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5
(3)
39-0OR: 100
14/1
Couldn't have won much easier at Nottingham two starts back when taking apart the field to win by 13L but made to work a bit hard for her victory at Newmarket last time out, beating a well-fancied John Gosden filly in the process. Will improve again and can't be ruled out for a yard in flying form.
6
(8)
39-0OR: 98
33/1
Runner-up behind re-opposing Horseplay at Newmarket last time but did have the beating of a well-backed John Gosden favourite. While she has a bit to do with the winner here, she's less exposed than some and she shapes like she'll relish the step up in trip. Interesting player.
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7
(2)
39-0OR: 102
12/1
Listed winner at Newbury last time out, quickening impressively to put the race to bed in the conditions and not beaten far at Newmarket on debut. No doubt needs to improve again as the form of that contest doesn't appear to be anything special but she's an exciting prospect and an interesting runner for a yard who have hit form.
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8
(1)
39-0OR: 99
50/1
Still a maiden after five starts and looks a little exposed against some of these. Usually front runs and she's likely to be in here on pacemaking duties.
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9
(5)
39-0OR: 116BF
8/11
Looked a little unlucky not to win the 1,000 Guineas when just held in a pocket at a crucial point. That's the best form that any of these can bring to the table with the winner of that race franking the form by winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas last weekend. Minor doubt about the significant step up in trip but she's hard to pick holes in and looks like the most likely winner for connections who won this last year with Minding.
10
(10)
39-0OR: 113
6/1
Fascinating contender who won a Group 1 in France last month on soft ground. Won that easily enough at odds of 20/1 but the suspicion is that she was sent there in search of softer ground and connections may feel she's best with ease in the surface. Wide draw not ideal so may be best watched unless rain arrives.
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Non-runners

3
(4)
Daddys Lil Darling28
39-0OR: -
T: Kenneth McPeekJ: O Peslier

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

Rhododendron (8/11), Enable (6/1), Sobetsu (6/1), Coronet (12/1), Natavia (12/1), Horseplay (14/1), Alluringly (16/1), Isabel De Urbina (33/1), Daddys Lil Darling (33/1), Pocketfullofdreams (50/1)

Verdict

It's hard to oppose RHODODENDRON after looking a little unlucky in her 1,000 Guineas run with the trip being the only minor concern. Enable was impressive at Chester last time out; she looks up to making her presence felt at this level and has the beating of the O'Brien second-string in Alluringly on their Chester form. Andrew Balding's runner, Horseplay will have learnt plenty from her win at Newmarket where she was made to work for her victory in contrast to her prior impressive effort at Nottingham while Daddys Lil Darling is an interesting runner and has an experience edge over plenty of these; she could run well if the rain stays away.
  1. Rhododendron
  2. Enable
  3. Horseplay

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