Oaks Runner By Runner Guide 2019

By Samantha

Two of, arguably, the biggest days in flat racing are upon us. It’s the Oaks and Derby weekend! Three year old colts and fillies from Britain and Ireland put their reputations on the line in a bid to land the coveted, pinnacle race of them all the Derby. The Fillies’ equivalent is the Oaks and that come first on the Friday.

Here is your runner by runner guide to this year’s Investec Oaks……

ANAPUNA
J – Frankie Dettori
T – John Gosden

This filly is the only distance winner in the line up after she won the Lingfield Oaks Trial easily by six lengths to Tauteke. Eased down, she was only a half second slower than Anthony Van Dyck in the colts’ equivalent. She is a leading player and has the services of Frankie Dettori.

BLUE GARDENIA
J – Jamie Spencer
T – David O’Meera

This filly ran five times last season and it was on her fifth start that she finally won. It was a Listed race in early November at Newmarket by a neck. She ran in the Musidora and ended up ffith on her first start this year. She was beaten three lengths but was running on at the finish. Her half brother won over one mile four and I think she’ll stay this trip. 100/1 could be a big price.

DELPHINIA
J – Seamie Heffernan
T – Aidan O’Brien

The first of the four Aidan O’Brien fillies. She won her maiden in October and ran in two group threes this season, so far. She followed in Tarnawa in the Blue Wind and was ahead of Peach Tree. Even still, she has a bit to find.

FLEETING
J – Wayne Lordan
T – Aidan O’Brien

This Zoffany filly is second highest rated in the field but won’t be the first pick of the O’Brien jockeys. She won on debut but was then last at the Curragh in a group three and then third in the Flame Of Tara behind Peach Tree. She won the May Hill at Doncaster with Peach Tree in tenth. She was last seen finishing last in the 1000 Guineas and steps up to one mile four furlongs for the first time.

FRANKELLINA
J – James Doyle
T – William Haggas

She won nicely on debut but was extremely novicey when she ran in the Musidora. She missed the break and was running on well to dead heat for second. She is most definitely progressive and I think she will stay but she is drawn in 14 – the widest stall – which, for a novicey filly who has issues starting, this is the worst possible place to be drawn. Hopefully she will have grown up a bit since last time and it won’t be too much of an issue.

LAVENDER’S BLUE
J – Silvestre De Sousa
T – Amanda Perrett

Amanda Perrett’s filly won well on debut over a mile and then ran at Newbury on Lockinge Day in a listed race and she was a decent second. Silvestre De Sousa rides her for the first time in this and she is nicekt bred being by Sea The Stars and out of a four time winning mare who amassed over £200,000 in prize money.

MANUELA DE VEGA
J – Harry Bentley
T – Ralph Beckett

This Lope De Vega filly won on debut and then won a Pontefract Listed race in October. She made her seasonal debut in the Cheshire Oaks and found trouble in running but still managed to get second. She didn’t get close to Mehdaayih but will come on for that run and stay the trip.

MAQSAD
J – Jim Cowley
T – William Haggas

The Hamdan Al Maktoum filly was a maiden until her first three year old start when. On one of her runs at two, she was third to Mehdaayih so that means she has a bit to find with her. Saying that, she did win the the Pretty Polly by five lengths, going away, which has made her a lot of people’s idea of the winner. She will stay and is a leading player.

MEHDAAYIH
J – Robert Havlin
T – John Gosden

First of all, I’m delighted that she will be partnered by Rab Havlin as he deserves this kind of opportunity. He’s partnered her for four of her five starts and, on her third, they ended up in the winners enclosure at Yarmouth in a Novice with Maqsad in behind. She began this season by winning a two runner race which put her spot on for when she bolted up in the Cheshire Oaks. She’s a lovely big filly who I think will be suited to Epsom and will run well.

PEACH TREE
J – Donnacha O’Brien
T – Aidan O’Brien

Second string O’Brien, she won at the Curragh on her second start and has been kept in high company and beaten ever since, apart from in a Listed race at Navan when she beat Tarawa. They reversed the form in the group two Blue Wind on her reappearance. Apparently, she wasn’t fully fir that day but Delphinia finished ahead of her.

PINK DOGWOOD
J – Ryan Moore
T – Aidan O’Brien

She followed in nice horses on her first two starts and won a maiden at Gowran on heavy. She ran in the Parix Marcel Boussac and ended up fifth, not beaten far at Longchamp in October and was last seen winning a Listed race in April. She’s the pick of Ryan Moore and one of the favourites.

SH BOOM
J – Tom Queally
T – Jane Chappel-Hyam

This filly is the outsider of the lot. She won a class four in September and was then beaten four and a half lengths in a Listed behind Lavender’s Blue.

TARNAWA
J – Chris Hayes
T – Dermot Weld

This irish horse is ultra consistent. She was third in debut, one and a half lengths behind dual Guineas winner Hermosa, second in a maiden and then second to Peach Tree in a Listed. She finally got off the mark in April. A couple of weeks later, she followed in Pink Dogwood at Navan but, last time out, she won the Blue Wind Stakes. Had to have a good chance.

TAUTEKE
J – Andrea Atzeni
T – Roger Varian

Roger Varian’s filly was third on debut and then won at Chelmsford by a head. She was fancied when running in the Lingfield Oaks Trial but couldn’t get close to Anapuna. Bit to find.

VERDICT

This is an extremely open race and I think that it can go to MEHDAAYIH. Her name is incredibly awkward to spell but I think she’s the standout filly as she bolted up at Chester in such a taking way. She’ll stay; will like Epsom and Rab Havlin knows her inside out. Her stablemate Anapuna is a smart horse but Mehdaayih seems the most promising. Irish filly Tarnawa is progressing well and so is Frankellina. Blue Gardenia could out-run her odds too.

TEAM’S SELECTIONS

Samantha – Mehdaayih
Max – Maqsad
Lois – Frankellina
Luke – Pink Dogwood

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