|4.30 Epsom: INVESTEC OAKS (GROUP 1) (FILLIES) (3yo) 1m4f|
The remarkable Classic-winning record of Aidan O'Brien suggests that the top handler gets most decisions right on these big days. The Ballydoyle operation fields three for The Oaks with Minding at 5/4 (general) their best bet. A dynamic juvenile and easy winner of the 1000 Guineas, she was just beaten by soft/heavy ground specialist Jet Setting in the Irish equivalent but still sets a daunting standard as she seeks a second English Classic.
Clearly, some will be concerned about the short interval between races and that looks the only danger to her winning with authority! Here are the trends for the last 14 years. Our ratings show Minding miles clear on and our 1-2-3-4 looks like this: Minding 100, Skiffle 92, Somehow 92, Turret Rocks 89. The favourite is also a Pacafi.
4.30 Epsom: INVESTEC OAKS (GROUP 1) (FILLIES) (3yo) 1m4f
14/14: Ran within the last 5 weeks
12/14: Horses from stall 1 that were unplaced
11/14: Finished 1st or 2nd last time out
10/14: Won from stall 5 or higher
10/14: Won over at least 1m2f previously
8/14: Won last time out
8/14: Favourites that were placed
5/14: Returned a double-figure price
4/14: Won by the favourite (1 joint)
3/14: Ran in the English 1,000 Guineas
3/14: Irish-trained winners
2/14: Won by jockey Kieren Fallon
2/14: Trained by Ralph Beckett
0/14: Had run at the course before
0/14: Had run over 1m4f before
7 of the last 9 favourites were unplaced
Aidan O'Brien has won the race 5 times
Kazzia (2002) - last horse to win both the 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks
The horse from stall 2 has been placed in 7 of the last 12 runnings -
including the winner, Qualify, 12 months ago at 50/1.
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