Investec Oaks 2012 : Race Time 4.05 PM
This looks like a pretty strong renewal of Friday’s classic at Epsom, which will see Maybe and The Fugue battling it out for favouritism on the day, although it does look a wide open contest that could be won by any one of several horses.
Maybe is one of several Ballydoyle runners in the race although things didn’t go according to plan in the 1000 Guineas when the Aidan O’Brien trained charge did not oblige at odds of 13/8, finishing third behind Homecoming Queen and Starscope.
However, Maybe did beat The Fugue by just under a length a month ago although the latter did show improvement on that performance to recently win the Musidora Stakes at York, with the John Gosden-trained horse comfortably beating Twirl at the Knavesmire.
The Fugue therefore looks the better pick at 3/1 to claim this prestigious race, although Vow is an interesting runner for William Haggas, with the three-year-old having claimed victories at Newbury and Lingfield this season, with odds of 5/1 now available.
Outside of the top three in the betting, many are considering whether to place each-way wagers on the likes of Kissed, Kailani and even Colima, especially as there is often at least one big-priced horse in the frame when it comes to the Oaks.
Kissed is clearly a horse that O’Brien rates highly and this filly was tactically raced at Navan at the end of April just to ensure that she arrives at Epsom with a comfortable win under her belt and odds of 15/2 are currently available.
Most firms have now gone non-runner no bet on this race and Kailani will be flying the flag for Godolphin, coming off the back of a seven-length victory in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket a few weeks ago where the horse obliged at odds of 6/1.
Colima is a horse that needs to find plenty of improvement to enter the frame in this race, although the fact that the filly is from the small yard of Ralph Beckett probably makes her overpriced at 16/1.
Second place to Vow at Lingfield wasn’t a disgrace last time out after previously winning at Nottingham last November and she is capable of running into a place here.
Doubts remain over whether Twirl will line up in this race, while Coquet and Betterbetterbetter will surely be outclassed.