Oaks Day 2018

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By Samantha

Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes

Its The Only Way won his first two starts but then couldn’t handle the step up to Class Two company. Only a nose split him and third placed Marie’s Diamond, who also had to contend with a step up in grade. Mark Johnston’s colt won on debut on heavy going. Cosmic Law came fifth first time but then won nicely next time out. It seems like he prefers good summer ground so he may not be able to get his head in front in this. Usain Boat was second on debut on soft ground and then won cosily over six furlongs last time out. COTUBANAMA won on her second attempt in a conditions stakes on heavy going at Sailsbury. She then couldn’t handle the step up to Listed company at York last time but she is dropped in grade here and looks to have good claims on the soft ground. Mendoza and True Belief are still maidens.

Investec Click and Invest Mile Handicap

A couple of these horses ran in the Spring Mile at Doncaster. HIGH ACCLAIM won and had King’s Pavilion in sixth and Brilliant Vanguard in sixteenth. It was soft going that day and High Acclaim handled it well. Able Jack won his last two and steps up in grade. Medburn Dream is a course and distance winner and has won on soft in the past. He won last time out at Windsor by two and three quarter lengths on firm ground and he may be an each way contender. It also seems as if Masham Star would prefer faster going and Donnacha hasn’t won since 2015. The others haven’t shown much good form recently and King’s Pavilion seems the pick of them.

Investec Coronation Cup

The top two in this, Cracksman and Hawkbill, are two incredibly good horses. CRACKSMAN returned as good as ever in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp and last year’s seven length Champion Stakes winner is likely favourite. Hawkbill is his main opponent. He ran twice over in Meydan in March, winning both. He bolted up in the Sheema Classic last time out and has had a little break since then. He will like the ground and may be worth and each way bet. Idaho won the Ormonde last time out by three and a half lengths over a mile five. He hasn’t won on soft or heavy ground though and doesn’t seem to be as good as the two aforementioned horses. The other three aren’t up to the quality of these three.

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Investec Wealth and Investment Handicap

Not So Sleepy won this last year but hasn’t won since. Banditry, Dark Red, Brorocco and Ajman King are also course and distance winners. Banditry’s last win came over a longer trip and he has come third and fifth on this ground so that may play against him. Dark Red has been running solid races without winning and his course and distance win came on this going. Brorocco is looking a bit high in the handicap and is hard to catch right. He probably won’t like the going either. AJMAN KING, on the other hand, will like the going and he has won his last three including twice over course and distance so he gets the nod.

Investec Oaks

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Investec Surrey Stakes

Aurum was an impressive first time out winner but then couldn’t follow that up in Listed company in the King Charles II Stakes last time out. He has had the least amount of racecourse appearances out of all the runners. Mark Johnston’s two runners are very exposed. Rufus King is my pick of his two runners, as Lake Volta hasn’t won in nine starts. The former won in October in a Nursery but it is unlikely he will like the sticky ground. KING’S SHEILD won his first two and then he was third in the Esher Cup. Connections must hold him in high regard as he ran in the French 2000 Guineas and was unplaced. He doesn’t have any experience on soft ground but he seems a classy horse. Tadbir has a big step up in grade to handle and Arrogant is still a maiden.

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Investec Zebra Handicap

RIPP ORF has been so consistent lately. He won the Victoria Cup and was second on soft at the start of the month so that’s encouraging. Black Bees won nicely last time out and has form on soft ground. She has Paddy Bradley on board who takes off 5lbs. Taureen Star won last time out on good to soft and Right Action, who is a soft ground winner, was seventh on that occasion. Clubbable has won her last two and is very consistent so has an each way chance.

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