16:30 Epsom Downs

Friday 31 May 2019

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Investec Oaks (Fillies' Group 1)

Class 1  |   1m 4f 6y  |   Good (Good to Firm in places)  |   14 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 16:33  |   Winning time: 2m 36.09s
Weighed In
1st
1
(3)
8/1
T: J H M GosdenJ: L Dettori
Mounted in chute, always prominent on inside, pushed along 3f out, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, led final 110 yards, stayed on strongly tchd 15/2
2nd
nk
11
(12)
3/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: R L Moore
Held up in mid-division, good headway on wide outside chasing leaders over 2f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra final 110 yards tchd 7/2
3rd
1 ¼
4
(10)
25/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: W M Lordan
Held up in last pair, headway on inside 2f out, not clear run and switched left 1f out, stayed on into never nearer 3rd inside final furlong op 33/1
4th
1
7
(1)
16/1
T: R M BeckettJ: Harry Bentley
Held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, chasing leaders when hampered 1f out, went 3rd briefly inside final furlong, plugged on in 4th
5th
1 ½
3
(13)
66/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: J A Heffernan
Tracked leaders on outside, pushed along over 3f out, keeping on same pace disputing 3rd when bumped 1f out, weakened inside final furlong op 50/1
6th
¾
5
(14)
12/1
T: W J HaggasJ: James Doyle
Keen to post, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong op 11/1 tchd 10/1
7th
1 ½
9
(6)
11/4f
T: J H M GosdenJ: R Havlin
Mounted in chute, held up in mid-division on inside, headway between horses over 2f out, chasing leaders but held when hampered 1f out, weakened inside final furlong tchd 3/1
8th
3 ¾
8
(5)
39-0
4/1
T: W J HaggasJ: Jim Crowley
Tracked leaders in 5th, smooth headway over 2f out 2nd and every chance approaching 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, chased leaders, hung right approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong op 5/1
9th
1
2
(11)
100/1
T: D O'MearaJ: J P Spencer
Awkwardly away and rider lost iron briefly after start, held up and always behind
10th
2 ¼
10
(9)
33/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: D O'Brien
Tracked leader, led 3f out, headed over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, chased leaders, hung left on camber and weakened inside final 2f op 28/1
11th
sh
13
(7)
20/1
T: D K WeldJ: C D Hayes
Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, soon weakened op 25/1
12th
1 ½
14
(8)
25/1
T: R VarianJ: Andrea Atzeni
Tracked leaders, pushed along and went 2nd over 2f out until approaching final 2f, chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f tchd 33/1
13th
5
12
(2)
100/1
14th
21
6
(4)
16/1
T: Mrs A J PerrettJ: S De Sousa
Raced keenly and led at steady pace, pushed along and headed 3f out, weakened rapidly over 2f out, eased final 2f, tailed off op 20/1

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Betting

Forecast

Mehdaayih (11/4), Pink Dogwood (3/1), Maqsad (4/1), Anapurna (8/1), Frankellina (12/1), Manuela De Vega (16/1), Lavender's Blue (16/1), Tarnawa (20/1), Fleeting (25/1), Tauteke (25/1), Peach Tree (33/1), Delphinia (66/1), Blue Gardenia (100/1), Sh Boom (100/1)

Verdict
Aidan O'Brien and John Gosden have dominated this race in recent times and it could be a familiar story again with both outfits holding a strong hand in this year's Oaks. A tentative vote goes to MEHDAAYIH who could hardly have been more impressive at Chester last time. Already proven at a similar trip and on a tight track, she ticks a lot of boxes and may be able to justify the supplementary fee paid by connections on Monday. Stablemate Anapurna arrives with a similar profile and she was a wide margin winner of the Lingfield trial earlier in the month. Pink Dogwood is the pick of the O'Brien quartet with a step up in trip almost certain to see her improve.
  1. Mehdaayih
  2. Anapurna
  3. Pink Dogwood

Previous Winners

2018
Forever Together
Weight: 9-0  |Age: 3
Weight: 9-0  |  
Age: 3  |  
J: D O'Brien
  |  
T: A P O'Brien
7/1
Prize Money
1st: £297,728.002nd: £112,875.003rd: £56,490.004th: £28,140.005th: £14,122.006th: £7,088.00

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