Investec Oaks Latest News and Odds – Horse Racing Betting June 1

Sea Of Class could sweep away Oaks rivals

Horse Racing Betting

Twenty one fillies are standing their ground with just over a week to go to the third Classic of the UK Flat season with more than half of the entries trained by Aidan O’Brien, though reports suggest Happily, who was third in the Qipco 1000 Guineas, will likely run in the Tattersall’s Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh this weekend. However, Ballydoyle doesn’t have the ante-post favourite or any of the current first three in the ante-post betting, even though the stable have won the race six times in total and three times in the last six years.

Investec Oaks Winners in the Last 20 Years

Year    Winner        Jockey               Trainer                 Owner                              Time

1998 Shahtoush Michael Kinane Aidan O’Brien Nagle / Magnier 2:38.23
1999 Ramruma Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:38.72
2000 Love Divine Richard Quinn Henry Cecil Lordship Stud 2:43.11
2001 Imagine Michael Kinane Aidan O’Brien Nagle / Magnier 2:36.70
2002 Kazzia Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:44.52
2003 Casual Look Martin Dwyer Andrew Balding William S. Farish III 2:38.07
2004 Ouija Board Kieren Fallon Ed Dunlop Earl of Derby 2:35.41
2005 Eswarah Richard Hills Michael Jarvis Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:39.00
2006 Alexandrova Kieren Fallon Aidan O’Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 2:37.71
2007 Light Shift Ted Durcan Henry Cecil Niarchos Family 2:40.38
2008 Look Here Seb Sanders Ralph Beckett Julian Richmond-Watson 2:36.89
2009 Sariska Jamie Spencer Michael Bell Lady Bamford 2:35.28
2010 Snow Fairy Ryan Moore Ed Dunlop Anamoine Ltd 2:35.77
2011 Dancing Rain Johnny Murtagh William Haggas Martin and Lee Taylor 2:41.73
2012 Was Seamie Heffernan Aidan O’Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:38.68
2013 Talent Richard Hughes Ralph Beckett J Rowsell & M Dixon 2:42.00
2014 Taghrooda Paul Hanagan John Gosden Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:34.89
2015 Qualify Colm O’Donoghue Aidan O’Brien Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez 2:37.41
2016 Minding Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:42.66
2017 Enable Frankie Dettori John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 2:34.13

Oaks History

The Oaks, restricted to fillies, if often viewed as inferior to the colts’ Classic, The Derby, but it actually pre-dates its more famous relation. It was first run in 1779 and named after the country estate of its founder, the Earl Of Derby. The first winner, Bridget, was owned by the Earl. It’s contested over 1m4f at Epsom and is intended to be the middle-distance championship for three-year-old fillies. Last year’s winner, Enable, went on to prove herself as the best of her generation when winning the Arc de Triomphe in the autumn and the form is nearly always worth following later in the season.

Bye Bye Baby won a Group 3 at the Curragh on her latest start but finished well beaten at Navan earlier when favourite and was behind the much less-exposed Hazel Bay and Sizzling. Magic Wand, who runs in the same colours, improved to beat another O’Brien filly, Forever Together, in the Cheshire Oaks and looks a better bet at 12/1 with William Hill. However, Magical is currently the shortest odds of his trainer’s legions (11/1 with Sportingbet) with the step up in distance expected to suit the daughter of Galileo, though she was behind Wild Illusion in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly last year.

The Godolphin filly brings Classic form into the Oaks having finished an honourable fourth in the 1000 Guineas when just finding 1m on the short side. She is a best 7/1 for the Oaks but the superbly-bred Sea The Stars filly SEA OF CLASS oozed quality when sauntering to victory in the Fillies’ Trial at Newbury and is more interesting at 10/1 with 888sport.

A direct form line through Arcadian Cat gives William Haggas’ charge every chance of beating current 9/4 favourite Lah Ti Dar and the longer distance should bring about even more improvement. That said, the Gosden filly is a real threat having won both races so far in impressive fashion. Injury robbed her full sister, So Mi Dar, of her chance to win the Oaks but it’s currently all systems go for the Pretty Polly winner, who looks a high-class prospect.

Investec Oaks Current Best Odds

Lah To Dar 9/4, Wild Illusion 7/1, Sea Of Class 10/1, Magical, Bye Bye Baby and Forever Together 12/1, Perfect Clarity 14/1, Give And Take 16/1, Sun Maiden 20/1, I Can Fly 20/1, Ballet Shoes, Sizzling and Ejtyah 40/1, Flattering and Hazel Bay 50/1, Athena, Mrs Sippy, Broadway and Park Bloom 66/1


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