Epsom Oaks Preview Friday
IT’S THE CAZOO OAKS FROM EPSOM ON FRIDAY! 5 races live on ITV but we’ve got previews for every single race on the card. Includes two multiples (scroll down).
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ITV Racing Preview Friday Schedule
2.00 Epsom Cazoo Woodcote EBF Stakes (Conditions Race) Class 2 6f
2.35 Epsom Coral ‘Beaten By A Length’ Free Bet Handicap Class 2 1m1/2f
3.10 Epsom Coral Coronation Cup (Group 1) Class 1 1m4f
3.45 Epsom Cazoo Handicap Class 2 1m2f
4.30 Epsom Cazoo Oaks (Group 1) Class 1 1m4f
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Epsom 2.00 Cazoo Woodcote EBF Stakes (Conditions Race) Class 2 6f
We kick off Oaks Day with a fiercely competitive renewal of the Woodcote. Flaming Rib is favourite at the time of writing for Tom Dascombe but this is a favourite I want to get beat. He did clock a good time winning at Nottingham last month but the second Amazonian Dream has let the form down since and he did have it all his own way making the running. He drifted under pressure and there’s something about him that makes me question him up to this level.
OSCULA looks great value against! This filly by Galileo Gold has clearly been brought along steadily and she made an encouraging start finishing third on debut before improving to win at Brighton. This understandably requires another step forward but I think she can and at around 11/2 she looks a knocking each way bet in an open race. Dairerein looks the danger as he arguably has the best form on offer and like the selection is improving.
Epsom 2.35 Coral ‘Beaten By A Length’ Free Bet Handicap Class 2 1m1/2f
This doesn’t look as competitive as most renewals have been and NOTEBOOK looks to have a great chance to get his third career win on just his fifth start. He ran a cracking race behind Surrey Pride who I rate fairly highly at York last time. He cruised into the race and just didn’t seem to see out the trip. The way he traveled that day suggests this trip could be perfect for him and I think he will be tough to beat.
The main danger is Storting who beat Nugget at Thirsk last month which looks solid form and if stepping forward again he will be in the mix. Muraad is one who could go well at a bigger price as he was keen on his comeback run so you can put a line through that, on his previous form he could bounce back.
Epsom 3.10 Coral Coronation Cup (Group 1) Class 1 1m4f
The way AL AASY won at Newbury last time will live long in the memory and while I accept this is going to demand more he has looked better than ever winning both starts this season and I’m not sure they’re going to reach the bottom of him here. A few of these could push forward and it could end up playing out perfectly for the selection. I can just see him travelling strongly again before coming through under a confident Crowley late in the day. Haggas is really hitting form now too which is another notable positive.
Japan is a very high-class sort who made a winning return at Chester and if he steps forward again he is probably the most likely danger. Mogul has some good form to his name as well but I find the horse frustrating if I’m honest and I think he’ll find a way to get beat again. Don’t be shocked if Highland Chief runs better than his odds suggest as he will most likely be ridden quietly too.
Epsom 3.45 Cazoo Handicap Class 2 1m2f
This looks a very good handicap with plenty who you can make a case for. I have sided with DREAM WITH ME to land his hat-trick as the Frankel colt seems to be excelling over this trip with two fairly comfortable wins. The time figures of both those wins were amongst the best on offer and he looks more than capable of stepping up to this level based on that.
Victory Chime is the main danger on his last run which was a course and distance win over the winner of this race last year Sky Defender (runs again). That looks a solid run and he stayed really well but I think he might be better on ground that isn’t as fast as it will be at Epsom. Blue Cup is the favourite at the time of writing and I thought he was well-in after finishing behind Victory Chime in that race and he looked as though he would win with a clear run but then ran far too keen at York last time. He has first-time headgear which could do the trick but I don’t fully trust him to be backing him as favourite.
Epsom 4.30 Cazoo Oaks (Group 1) Class 1 1m4f
I was more impressed than most about Santa Barbara following the Guineas. She should come on plenty for that outing but my worry is she isn’t the most straightforward. I can see her doing plenty wrong here and with stamina to prove at a short price she might be opposable. That’s put me on ZEYAADAH being the most likely winner of this. This filly won her first 3 starts as a 2yo and returned with a big run when beaten just a length at Chester last month. The track surely wasn’t ideal and she was doing all her best work late. She is sure to improve from that and if she does up to a trip that should bring out the best in her I think she’s going to run a huge race.
I do actually see Dubai Fountain as one of the dangers as she impressed me under pressure last time. This is tougher and I’m confident Zeyaadah can reverse the form but I still think she’ll be there pitching under a bold sight on a track that will suit her well. Snowfall lowered the colours of Noon Star and Teona at York and has to enter calculations off the back of that run. At a monster price don’t rule out Willow who has gone under the radar somewhat.
Epsom 5.10 Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Surrey Stakes (Listed Race) Class 1 7f
The Surrey Stakes has been won by some top horses over the years including Safe Voyage and Space Blues taking the last two renewals. And there is a potential Group 1/2 horse in here as well in MEHMENTO who was last seen running behind St Mark’s Basilica in the French Guineas. The ground was very soft that day which wouldn’t have suited so I wouldn’t write him off at a mile but back down to 7 furlongs he will be a tough nut to crack on the speed. His form when finishing a neck second behind Chindit in the Greenham Stakes looks very good and a run to that level would see him take this race.
Mystery Smiles would have been a big danger but he is now a non runner and Run To Freedom has also been scratched. Meu Amor will be fitter now and she could emerge as the main threat.
Epsom 5.40 Cazoo Derby Festival Handicap (Class 2) 7f
Last time out winner Dulas and Rhoscolyn are vying for favouritism at the time of writing and both have to be respected given the form they come here in but I’m taking a chance on a double-figure price in ARIGATO here. This horse looked to still be improving landing back-to-back wins at Newmarket last season and while he ran quite a few times after that he held his form well in defeat. He returned from a 197 day absence to finish fifth at Newmarket last month and he’ll be fitter now so I think there’s good reason to think he’ll take a step forward. He is on his last winning mark now and must have a cracking each way chance.
Paws For Thought impressed at Chester and if he can build on that here he could run a big race as well. Out of the two at the front of the market Dulas is probably the one I fear most. Tintoretto completes the shortlist.
ITV Racing Win Treble
With 7 races from Epsom today we’ve decided to place a Win Treble on our 3 strongest bets on the card on Oaks Day. All 3 need to win for this to land.
ITV Racing Each Way Double
With some top class action from Epsom Downs on Friday we have also included an Each Way Double. Fingers crossed we can land a big winner! Remember if both place it should still return some decent profit.