Group One Epsom Oaks Guide 2022

Andy Smith | @AndySmithRacing

Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
7(2)
Colin Keane

The Algarve

J: Colin Keane
T: A P O'Brien
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 93
Days: 23

The outsider of the field is the final one in the string for Aidan O’Brien. The Algarve broke her maiden at the third attempt last season and looked well at home on deep ground when winning over a mile.

Thrown in at the deep end for her first run of this campaign saw her contest the Musidora Stakes behind Emily Upjohn.

Looking well outclassed by that rival she finished over 9 lengths behind the market leader here.

She’s already a triple figure price and looks doubtful to be reversing the form with Emily Upjohn.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/06/22NAA10Gd9-27
03/06/22EPS12Gd9-210
11/05/22YOR10.5Gd9-24
25/10/21GAL8.5Hy9-21
18/09/21GOW8Y9-24
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
1(10)
Seamie Heffernan

Concert Hall

J: Seamie Heffernan
T: A P O'Brien
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 108
Days: 12

The first of the Aidan O’Brien contingent. Concert Hall lines up here off the back of a decent 3rd placed effort in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

Stepping back in trip from 10 furlongs, she won in a listed event at Navan back in April. Showing some serious stamina to cling on grimly when under pressure.

She was a smart enough 2 year old and handily won a group 3 race at the Curragh over 7 furlongs before contesting the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket at the end of the season. Putting in a decent enough showing to finish 6th. 

Going back up in trip here will suit but she comes here off the back of a hard race with only 12 days rest in between.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/06/22EPS12Gd9-24
22/05/22CUR8Gd/Y9-23
23/04/22NAV10Gd9-51
08/10/21NMK8GS9-06
26/09/21CUR7Gd9-21
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
10(1)
Ryan Moore

Tuesday

J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 109
Days: 12

Ryan Moore’s pick here, Tuesday was only seen once as a 2 year old where she was beaten in maiden company over 7 furlongs.

Returning as a 3 year old she got off the mark over a mile back in March and put in a brilliant effort to finish a close 3rd in the 1000 Guineas behind Cachet. Kept at a mile, she was last seen in the Irish 1000 Guineas but only managed to finish 2nd.

She stayed on powerfully however and is shaping like going further will suit. A daughter of Galileo, stamina isn’t in question and the step up in trip should unlock improvement.

She needs to be taken seriously.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/06/22EPS12Gd9-21
22/05/22CUR8Gd/Y9-22
01/05/22NMK8GF9-03
27/03/22NAA8Y9-31
25/06/21CUR7Gd9-22
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
3(4)
Jim Crowley

Kawida

J: Jim Crowley
T: Ed Walker
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 99
Days: 35

A decent enough juvenile, Kawida scored twice last season. Failing to win her first couple of outings, she used her experience to get off the mark at Haydock on soft ground nicely.

Building upon that she scored at listed level on her last outing of the season, winning tidily over a mile at Newmarket.

Running in a group 3 event for fillies on her first outing of this season, Kawida made the trip over to Saint-Cloud and ran well over 10.5 furlongs to be a decent 3rd. Looking a little one paced late on she looks like a longer trip will suit.

Her form isn’t the deepest though and she has a good deal to find to get involved here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/04/22SAI10.5GS9-03
30/10/21NMK8Gd9-01
06/08/21HAY7Sft9-01
16/07/21NMK7GF9-02
22/06/21NBY7Sft9-02
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
11(8)
William Buick

With The Moonlight

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 107
Days: 33

The lethal combination of Buick and Appleby team up here. With The Moonlight won a few low level novice events as a 2 year old over a mile but failed to step up into listed company over the same trip.

Coming back as a 3 year old, With The Moonlight moved up to 10 furlongs and looked a different class at Newmarket when securing her listed win.

She hit the line hard at Newmarket and looked like going up in trip again is well within her grasp in terms of stamina. The form of her win hasn’t worked out brilliantly so she needs to prove she has the class to get involved.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/05/22NMK10GF9-01
30/10/21NMK8Gd9-03
20/09/21WOL8.5St9-71
03/08/21CFD8St/Slw9-01
16/07/21NMK7GF9-04
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
9(3)
Tom Marquand

Tranquil Lady

J: Tom Marquand
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 107
Days: 27

Despite losing her debut over 7 furlongs as a 2 year old, Tranquil Lady built on her experience and scored easily on her second outing.

She didn’t quite manage to handle moving into listed company at the end of the season but finished a decent 2nd. Kept at listed level for her seasonal comeback, she was well beaten by Concert Hall at Navan.

Franking that form nicely and building upon debut, Joseph O’Brien’s charge won a group 3 over 10 furlongs in absolute style last time out.

Going over 12 furlongs should hold no fears for her and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the mix.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/06/22EPS12Gd9-26
07/05/22NAA10Y/Sft9-21
23/04/22NAV10Gd9-24
10/10/21CUR8Y9-22
07/09/21GAL7Gd9-31
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
4(11)
Rossa Ryan

Moon De Vega

J: Rossa Ryan
T: Ralph Beckett
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 95
Days: 30

Ralph Beckett’s filly didn’t manage to score as a 2 year old after two outings over a mile in novice company but got off the mark at the third time of asking when scoring on soft ground at Doncaster.

She made her comeback as a 3 year old in the Cheshire Oaks and ran well enough to be a decent 4th behind Thoughts of June, especially considering she was hampered late on.

She looks to have quite a bit to find on that bare form to get involved here, even if the run brings her on for fitness.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/06/22EPS12Gd9-28
04/05/22CHS11.5Sft9-24
22/10/21DON8Sft9-01
18/09/21NMK8Gd9-05
20/08/21KEM8St/Slw9-05
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
8(9)
Wayne Lordan

Thoughts Of June

J: Wayne Lordan
T: A P O'Brien
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 102
Days: 30

A winner of a trial for this race at Chester Aidan O’Brien trained Thoughts Of June beat subsequent group 1 winner Above The Curve narrowly.

The two had previous form together. Meeting in a maiden over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown back in April, Above The Curve easily got the better of this daughter of Galileo.

She was unsuccessful in two attempts to break her maiden last season as a 2 year old so winning the listed event at Chester was her first career win.

She’s bred for this and her form has worked out well.

Not one to be dismissed lightly.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/05/22CHS11.5Sft9-21
06/04/22LEO10Gd9-32
16/10/21LEO8Gd9-25
08/09/21COR8Gd9-22
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
5(6)
Hollie Doyle

Nashwa

J: Hollie Doyle
T: John & Thady Gosden
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 107
Days: 20

Seemingly team Gosden hold all the cards here and they sport the next in the betting too with Nashwa.

Despite being beaten as a 2 year old over 7 furlongs when favourite, she came back to the track this season as a 3 year old over a mile and won a novice event with any amount in hand.

Moved up into listed company for her most recent outing, she won over 10 furlongs without Hollie Doyle having to get too serious with her.

Going up in trip again looks positive for the daughter of Frankel but she has to prove she’s got a bit more improvement in her to get the better of her stablemate.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/06/22EPS12Gd9-23
14/05/22NBY10Gd9-21
23/04/22HAY8GF9-01
30/10/21NMK7Gd9-03
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
2(5)
Frankie Dettori

Emily Upjohn

J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 110
Days: 23

The Gosden duo sport the favourite here in the shape of Emily Upjohn. A novice win at the end of last season over 9.5 furlongs was followed up this year with another win in novice company.

Emily Upjohn absolutely bolting up over 10 furlongs and looking a real hot prospect. Sent for the Musidora Stakes off the back of that saw her go off a short priced favourite and justify the price tag. A bloodless display saw her barely break sweat and win with bundles in hand.

Stepping up in trip will likely unlock yet more improvement and she looks a serious filly.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/06/22EPS12Gd9-22
11/05/22YOR10.5Gd9-21
22/04/22SAN10Gd9-71
23/11/21WOL9.5St8-111
Epsom - June 02 2022
Epsom 15:30
6(7)
Jack Mitchell

Rogue Millennium

J: Jack Mitchell
T: Tom Clover
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 95
Days: 27

Tom Clover’s filly has only been seen twice racing but has made a decent impression on her two career outings.

Winning over 10 furlongs at Wetherby comfortably back in April, she was last seen contesting the Lingfield Oaks trial where she got up late to lead on the line.

The trip looks perfect for her but moving from listed company to a classic, she has to really prove if she has the class to get in the mix.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/06/22EPS12Gd9-27
07/05/22LIN11.5GF9-21
24/04/22WET10GF8-111

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