Epsom Oaks 2019 Tips – Race Preview and 7/1 Betting Tip
Aidan O’Brien is set to saddle four fillies for the third of the English classics with Pink Dogwood among the favourites for this 1m 4f event. Both John Gosden and William Haggas are also well represented in the Oaks, and the chances of most of the leading contenders are discussed below.
The Epsom Oaks is run over 1m 4f on the undulating course that catches many horses out. At the time of writing, 14 are due to go to post at 4.30pm on Friday 31st May 2019.
Epsom Oaks Preview – the main contenders
Pink Dogwood – 15/8
This daughter of former Derby winner Camelot was a close fifth in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on ‘Arc’ day last season and was a narrow winner of a Navan Listed event in her only start this season. Pink Dogwood was an impressive winner at Gowran Park prior to her visit to France but had finished second in two previous races. There are a few doubts as to whether she is capable of winning a classic.
Mehdaayih – 5/2
John Gosden trains this daughter of Frankel and she was not particularly impressive as a juvenile, winning on just the one occasion at Yarmouth. This season, she has won a moderate handicap at Chelmsford by 14 lengths after which another comfortable victory was claimed in the Cheshire Oaks. Mehdaayih produced an impressive turn of foot that day and could be capable of more improvement.
Anapurna – 11/2
Another Frankel filly to be trained by John Gosden, Anapurna appeared for the first time on a racecourse at Wolverhampton back in December and did not appear to be Epsom bound after trailing in ninth position among a thirteen-runner field. An easy win on the Lingfield all-weather surface followed before she convincingly claimed success in the Oaks trial at the same course. Anapurna has proven stamina and there may be more to come from this late developer with Frankie Dettori riding.
Maqsad – 7/1
There is Galileo blood in this William Haggas trained filly who will be aiming for a three-timer this term. Maqsad was a maiden after two races as a juvenile but has won both starts this term including the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket where she was an very impressive winner. She competed over 1m2f that day and seemed to benefit from the extra distance.
Manuela De Vega – 12/1
Beaten by more than four lengths into second place in the Cheshire Oaks, Manuela De Vega was carrying 3lb more than the other contenders including winner Mehdaayih. The Ralph Beckett trained filly had previously won her two other races last season in low-key events and while she did not have much luck in running that day at Chester, her conqueror could have won by a greater margin.
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Frankellina – 14/1
A stable mate of Maqsad, there are no prizes for guessing the sire of this filly, and although she has raced just twice, her latest performance when finishing a dead-heat second in the Musidora Stakes at York suggests she may lack the finishing pace to win a classic. The first four horses finished within two lengths that day.
Lavender’s Blue – 16/1
This Amanda Perrett trained filly first appeared on a racecourse during mid-April and was a strong finishing winner over a mile in a maiden event at Newmarket. More lately, Lavender’s Blue was headed at the finish in a Newbury Listed race over 1m2f and there are doubts as to whether she may be good enough to win an Oaks.
Epsom Oaks 2019 Betting Tip
Maqsad to win – best odds 7/1 with William Hill.
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