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Wednesday, August 18 2021
Yorkshire Oaks Preview

Thursday means ladies day at York, headlined by the running of the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks over 2400m Open to fillies and Mares 3yo and up, bringing together the stars of the classic generation and the best of the tried and true staying mares. Just 7 runners are set to contest the race in 2021, with 5 of them representing the 3yo crop.

Key Stats and trends since the year 2000

•Aiden O’Brien is the leading trainer during that period with 5 winners, John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute both sit on 4.

•3yo’s have won 13 times since 2000

•Islington and Enable are the only dual winners in that period

•8 winners had won either the English or Irish Oaks

•Alexandrova and Enable are the only fillies to have completed the English/Irish/Yorkshire Oaks treble.

Yorkshire Oaks

Group 1

York

£350,000

12f / 2400m

Fillies and Mares

1.Albaflora (Muhaara- Almiranta )

T.Ralph Beckett

J.Rossa Ryan

Honest staying mare who won Listed contest over this distance in May, has abit to find against some of these.

22/1

2.Wonderful Tonight (Le Havre - Salvation)

T. David Menuisier

J. William Buick

Terrific staying mare who has won her last 4 in a row Including 2 Group 1’s, on track for a shot at the Arc in October, clearly the biggest threat to the favourite. Any rain would seriously improve chances

4/1

3.Divinely (Galileo - Red Evie)

T. Aiden O’Brien

J. Wayne Lordan

Only won once but has been very consistent in all the major staying races this season. Including placings in English and Irish Oaks, full sister run second in this in 2016. Well over the odds and genuine place hope. 50/1

4.Eshaada (Muhaara - Muhawalah)

T. Roger Varian

J.Jim Crowley

Could be the surprise package of the race, only had 3 starts winning 2 of them,second last time in Group 2 at Royal Ascot, open to more improvement and worth keeping a close eye on 9/1

5.La Joconde (Frankel - Wadyhatta)

T. Aiden O’Brien

J. Hollie Doyle

Outsider of the field Looks well out of her depth in this, likely to be assigned pacemaking duties. 125/1

6.Loving Dream (Gleneagles - Kissable)

T. John & Thady Gosden

J. Frankie Dettori

Last winner of the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot beating home Eshaada and Divinely in what was a minor upset, from the right stable, can figure in finish if she can reproduce that effort

14/1

7.Snowfall ( Deep Impact- Best in the world)

T. Aiden O’Brien

J. Ryan Moore

Has been utterly dominate this season, winning both the English and Irish Oaks by a combined total of 25 lengths.Kicked off the year with a win at this track in Grp3 Musidora Stakes. Looks destined to join an elite group of fillies by completing Oaks hat trick 2/5

Selections 7,2,3,4

Value bet . #3 Divinely , 50/1 is way over the odds for this ultra consistent filly, although I don’t see her turning around the form with Snowfall she makes for a great place bet

Posted by: Jason Smith AT 06:05 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email