PICKING an Oaks winner can be fiendishly difficult, even with a field of only nine runners.
However, Sunracing’s in-depth guide to the big race should make it that little bit easier for you to find the best of the bunch.
Check out the runners below and make your selection…
1. Bye Bye Baby 13-2
Likely third string for Aidan O’Brien won a Group 3 from the front in good style last time. The step up to a mile and a half should be ideal and the ground won’t be an issue. Needs too improve but that’s definitely possible.
2. Ejtyah 20-1
Decent third in the Musidora Stakes at York last time and she’s entitled to come on for the run. Ground is an unknown but in order to mix it with the best of these she needs to take a big step up on her form so far.
3. Flattering 25-1
Last year’s Derby-winning jockey rides Aidan O’Brien’s likely pacemaker. Unless she’s given an unassailable lead there’s little chance she’ll be able to keep the classier performers at bay. Not good enough.
4. Forever Together 11-2
It’s unusual for a maiden to be so short in the betting for a Group 1, but she’s clearly been showing Aidan O’Brien something at home. Unlucky behind stablemate Magic Wand at Chester last time, she has the potential to progress and rates a likely contender.
5. Give And Take 10-1
The Musidora winner looks to have been slightly overlooked in the market. William Haggas’ filly is progressing rapidly and holds a few of her rivals on that York form. With the promise of more to come on ground that shouldn’t be too much of a hindrance, she can go close.
6. I Can Fly 12-1
Yet another runner for Aidan O’Brien, the daughter of Fastnet Rock went off a short price for the 1,000 Guineas but was never sighted. Looked a star on debut but has been disappointing since and the ground is unlikely to suit.
7. Magic Wand 9-2
Given a brilliant ride to win the Cheshire Oaks and although she was impressive, there’s no doubting her jockey made her look good. However, she clearly has plenty of ability and the step up to a staying trip looked to be the making of her. Very good chance.
8. Perfect Clarity 7-1
The only unbeaten filly in the race has been well supported in recent weeks after winning the Lingfield trial for this in good style. No winner of that has followed up at Epsom since 1999, but she’s very unexposed and, judged on pedigree, should have little issue with the ground. Exciting contender that could be anything.
9. Wild Illusion 5-2
Godolphin’s Group 1 winner is the most likely to go off favourite for the big race. A fourth in the 1,000 Guineas is probably the best form on offer and considering that was on her reappearance, she’s bound to improve. Soft ground is preferable for her and she looks to have every chance of winning a second race at the highest level.
It’s hard to forget just how impressive MAGIC WAND was in the Cheshire Oaks, and although everything went right for her that day, she is surely going to come on again for her master trainer.
The ground is a slight question mark, but she didn’t perform badly on heavy going on her seasonal reappearance. She looks the type that will benefit from a severe test at the trip.
It would appear she’s Aidan O’Brien’s leading hope for the race, and with Ryan Moore aboard she’ll take some stopping.
Perfect Clarity is a much respected main danger. Two wins from two starts, she is yet to reach the ceiling of her ability and will surely come on for her win at Lingfield in the trial for this race.
Third spot can go to Wild Illusion. Charlie Appleby’s filly is more exposed than some of her rivals, but she boasts the best form and the step up in trip is sure to help her cause.
- Magic Wand
- Perfect Clarity
- Wild Illusion