Epsom Oaks Guide

1. Anapurna

T - John Gosden

J - Frankie Dettori

Lame ninth on debut full of greenness at Wolverhampton has quickly been swept aside with two victories at Lingfield, one on the all-weather and one latest on the turf.

The three-year-old filly out of Frankel proved her obvious class in her maiden back in January, before bolting up by near-enough the same margin in Listed company last time out.

Easily drawing clear over a furlong out, Epsom should play to her strengths, and an obvious contender with Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

2. Blue Gardenia

T - David O'Meara

J - Jamie Spencer

Big big outsider, falling short on plenty of form terms here.

Decent fifth when we last saw her at York behind Nausha in Group Three company and 1m4f could suit, but has plenty to find with these top fillies arriving.

Daughter of Mastercraftsman has just one win to her name in six attempts, but will look to defy large odds to potentially run into a place whilst some go backwards.

3. Delphinia

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Seamie Heffernan

Likely to be used by trainer Aidan O'Brien as a possible pace angle for Pink Dogwood, in what looks to be another tactically run race from Coolmore at Epsom.

Looks up against it on what she has shown so far, finishing third to Dermot Weld's Tarnawa in a standard Group Three at Naas last time out.

Ran well in defeat but doesn't look enough to be involved here.

4. Fleeting

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Wayne Lordan

Another O'Brien participant likely to do the donkey work for the market principles, but actually has never raced beyond a mile so interesting to see where she figures.

The three-year-old was a Group Two winner in September at Doncaster, but was last of 15 in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on season reappearance.

Needs to brush herself down and up her game big time.

5. Frankellina

T - William Haggas

J - James Doyle

Interesting contender in Derby winning colours, Frankellina - despite looking green in both of her two career appearances, has produced herself really well.

Victory on debut at Yarmouth over a mile demonstrated her talent before returning this season upped in trip (with stamina to prove), to come home a dead-heat second from a slow beginning at York.

Can go even better here from a nice each-way price, has a lot of favourable attributes.

6. Lavender's Blue

T - Amanda Perrett

J - Silvestre De Sousa

Two starts for this daughter of Sea The Stars, both this term at Newmarket and at Newbury in the space of a month.

Won on debut under Robert Havlin at Newmarket in her maiden, and going away at the finish resulted in a step-up in trip on next start in Berkshire.

Ran well in defeat over ten furlongs in Listed company behind top three-year-old Queen Power on Lockinge Day, so should go close once more if handling the tough track dimensions.

7. Manuela De Vega

T - Ralph Beckett

J - Harry Bentley

A fair few three-year-old's out of Lope De Vega have not fulfilled their juvenile promise the following season, but Manuela De Vega is the one outlier in that group perhaps this campaign, and should be considered here seriously.

Two wins from two beginnings last season, she reappeared at Chester to chase down runaway winner Mehdaayih, and did not get the best of runs around the tight circuit at the Roodee.

Another unique layout to handle, and a big run expected from connections.

8. Maqsad

T - William Haggas

J - Jim Crowley

Decent promise as a two-year-old, but taken things to to the next level with two easy victories at Newmarket in 2019.

The first of which was not as simple as the second - beating John Gosden's Twist 'N' Shake by a short-head, but the two were a country mile clear of the rest and clearly in a different league.

The daughter of Siyouni then lengthened away on the Rowley Mile in Listed company over ten furlongs at the beginning of this month, and the climb to a mile-and-a-half should suit.

Ground to make up with Mehdaayih - finishing third at Yarmouth last season in a Novice on a quick surface.

9. Mehdaayih

T - John Gosden

J - Robert Havlin

Vying for favouritism with Pink Dogwood since her win at Chester at the Boodles May meeting, and looks every part of an Oaks winner.

She made big progress from two to three, racing away from her opposition in the Cheshire Oaks, following on from her simple task in a match-up at Chelmsford which merely stretched her legs on return.

Top prospect, and not dependent on ground. Has winning form over market rival Maqsad last term to add to her growing profile.

10. Peach Tree

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Donnacha O'Brien

Dual winner from seven starts, winning at Navan in Listed company back in October, before a standard fourth (Delphinia Third) at Naas latest.

Not really one to catch the eye, but could be better over this distance based on pedigree terms - currently unraced over ten furlongs.

Donnacha is the interesting bit, and improvement could be on the cards?

11. Pink Dogwood

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Ryan Moore

Best of the O'Brien runners, and clearly the pick of Ryan Moore.

Won her maiden at the third time of asking last season in sensational style at Gowran Park, and dropped into the deep end of Group One company in Longchamp straight after that.

Led but got swamped late on over the mile distance. Was still a young girl then, and was not disgraced at all.

Returned this season to show her class at Navan over ten furlongs for the first time, and pulled away in the style of a top filly under hands and heels to win.

More to come, and already a big gamble going on.

12. Sh Boom

T - Peter Chapple-Hyam

J - Tom Queally

Three runs, prevailing in one over a mile at Newmarket in September, beating average rivals in a Novice event.

Well behind the winner at Newbury latest, and although one or two excuses with lack of room and a bit of bumping going on, it's hard to see her involved in this.

This looks too tough, and pedigree does not suggest a further trip is better for her.

13. Tarnawa

T - Dermot Weld

J - Chris Hayes

Another sporting Derby winning colours, Tarnawa looks a player from her recent victory at Naas - beating two of today's rivals.

Hard to see how that form really stands in this race however, with other fillies with more convincing and generally better profiles.

Always made the frame in her six appearances, so not one to completely rule out.

14. Tauteke

T - Roger Varian

J - Andrea Atzeni

Daughter of Sea The Stars, Tauteke has finished third, first and second in her three career outings.

Her victory came over a mile at Chelmsford in November, where the second came out and strolled to victory at Lingfield in April.

Tauteke switched up to just shy of this distance at the same venue just mentioned, but was easily dispatched by Anapurna and was unable to match the winner.

Ground to make up, but may have learned a lot that day to not race so wide.