Epsom Friday 31st May 4.30pm
The Investec Oaks (Group 1) Age: 3yo fillies Distance: One mile four furlongs
Weights – 9st 0lb
First run in 1779. The race is named after The Oaks, an estate located to the east of Epsom which was the residence 12th Earl of Derby. The winner of that first Oaks was Bridget, owned by Lord Derby himself.
The most successful jockey in the race was Frank Buckle with nine wins between 1797 and 1823.
The winning-most all time trainer was Robert Robson with an amazing thirteen winners in just twenty four years between 1802 and 1825. In modern times Aiden O’Brien has trained seven winners, four of them in the last seven years.
12 Year Statistics
Age – This Race is for three-year olds only.
Starting Price – A poor race for favourites. Ten of the last twelve winners returned a SP of 5/1 or higher and five of them were between 20/1 and 50/1.
Last Run – Six of the last twelve winners won on their last start. Ten of the last twelve winners finished in the first two last time. All of the last twelve winners had a run within the last 33 days.
Course Form – None of the last twelve winners had raced at Epsom previously.
Distance Form – None of the last twelve winners had run over one mile four furlongs previously.
Flat Form – Eleven of the last winners had at least one previous win.
Official Rating – Nine of the last twelve winners had an official rating of 99 or higher.
Group Wins – Nine of the last twelve winners had never win a Group race.
Season Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one run in the current season, eight of them had won at least once that season.
Leading Contenders and Ante Post Tip
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MEHDAAYIH 9/4 – Two from two this season including the Cheshire Oaks on good to soft. Will have no stamina issues.
PINK DOGWOOD 3/1 – Aidan O’Brien’s leading fancy for the race. Not extended an won easily at Navan under a hands and heels ride.
MAQSAD 7/1 – Very easy winner of the Pretty Polly at Newmarket when clear by five lengths eased down. This extra two furlongs will bring out further improvement.
ANAPURNA 8/1 – Won the Oaks Trial at Lingfield by six lengths on soft going. One to note if it rains.
The Aidan O’Brien filly PINK DOGWOOD will be bidding to extend the trainer’s record in this race but in my opinion MAQSAD 7/1 has the best form on offer and is my selection for this race.
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