The Oaks Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.30 at Epsom, 1 June 2018
Early June each year sees Epsom Downs play host to the third Classic contest of the season in the form of The Oaks. Read on for the best odds and offers, as well as our betting tips for the race that provides the seasons ultimate test for the three year old fillies.
Run over 1m4f of Epsom’s undulating track, this Group 1 event for three year old fillies was first run in 1779 and now offers £450,000 in total prize money.
The Oaks Betting Tips 2018
Odds are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Forever Together each way at 16/1 with Bet365
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The Oaks 2018 Betting Tips and Race Preview
The fillies take to the stage in the next classic contest of the British flat racing season, as the crème de la crème from both sides of the Irish Sea lock horns in the Oaks at Epsom. Friday 1st June is the date for the diary, and here we run through a few of the main contenders and tell you where our ante-post cash is going.
Lah Ti Dar To Scale The Heights
This race was of course won by, the simply sensational, Enable last year, and whilst it is unlikely John Gosden – or anyone else – has anything quite of that calibre, the Newmarket handler does have the current favourite for the race in the form of Lah Ti Dar.
Impeccably bred, being by Dubawi, and out of Dar Re Mi, this beautiful specimen is a perfect two from two in her career to date, and really could be anything. Workmanlike rather than spectacular last time out in the Pretty Polly, she did still look a little green at times which would suggest there is plenty more to come.
O’Brien To Work His Magic Again
Always a man to be feared in any Classic contest, Aidan O’Brien has struck Oaks gold six times in all including twice in the past three years with 10/11 jolly, Minding and 50/1 shot, Qualify. With the Ballydoyle maestro currently having 23 entries in the race though, deciding to lend him your support is only half the battle.
With September set to miss out barring a miraculous recovery, Clemmie likewise still not quite ready and Happily seemingly headed for the Irish 1000 Guineas, the three who seem most likely to go to post are the Cheshire Oaks first and second, Magic Wand and Forever Together, and recent Prix de la Grotte fourth, Magical.
Magic Wand finished 3 ½l in front of Forever Together at Chester and would look to be the stable number one. We wouldn’t rule out Forever Together being able to reverse that form though, having endured no luck in running and losing ground when having to switch just as Magic Wand was sent for home. Magical needs to step up considerably, but being by Galileo and in such capable hands, she most likely will.
Clarity’s Claims Are Clear For Cox
Sire, Nathaniel, struck with Enable last year, and has at the very least a lively outsider going for him again in 2018 in the form of the Clive Cox runner, Perfect Clarity. Not since Ramruma in 1999 has the winner of the Lingfield Oaks Trial prevailed in the big one at Epsom, but there was plenty to like about this ones performance at the Surrey venue last time out.
The bare form of a 1¼l verdict over Cecchini that day will certainly need improving upon, but the manner in which she continually found more when pressed, in addition to her ability to handle the Epsom-like layout of Lingfield certainly augurs well for her chances.
Much as we like Lah Ti Dar, its hard to ignore those with the influence of Galileo in their pedigree when it comes to this race. Five of the past six winners here have featured the world’s greatest stallion as either sire, grandsire, or damsire on their breeding page.
At the prices the “Galileo” we like is his daughter, Forever Together. That Cheshire Oaks performance last time out had a lot in common with the 2017 Chester Vase run by stablemate Wings Of Eagles, and that one of course went on to win the Derby. At 16/1 with Bet365, Forever Together is the each way bet in the race for us.
Previous Oaks Winners
- 2017 – Enable – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2016 – Minding – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Qualify – jockey Colm O’Donoghue, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2014 – Taghrooda – jockey Paul Hanagan, trainer John Gosden
- 2013 – Talent – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Ralph Beckett
- 2012 – Was – jockey Seamie Heffernan, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2011 – Dancing Rain – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer William Haggas
- 2010 – Snow Fairy – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Ed Dunlop
- 2009 – Sariska – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Michael Bell
- 2008 – Look Here – jockey Seb Sanders, trainer Ralph Beckett
- 2007 – Light Shift – jockey Ted Durcan, trainer Henry Cecil
- 2006 – Alexandrova – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Aidan O’Brien
The Derby is now undoubtedly Epsom’s most famous race but The Oaks actually predates it by one year. Since its inaugural running in 1779 the contest has become firmly established as the pre-eminent fillies’ contest of the season. In many ways it is the prototype for similar races all around the world.
Bridget won the first edition for Edward Smith-Stanley, also known as the 12th Earl of Derby, who founded both of Epsom’s Classic contests. Edward was far from the only titled individual to do well in the early days of the race. Indeed, 13 of the first 17 winners were owned by an Earl or Duke of some description.
1801 winner Eleanor was the most impressive of the early victors. In addition to The Oaks she also became the first filly to win The Derby. The early 1800s also marked the appearance of the first horse to win both the 1000 Guineas and The Oaks in the form of Dixon Boyce’s Neva in 1817. Meanwhile 1822 heroine Pastille earnt her place in the history books by accomplishing the rarely achieved feat of beating the colts in the 2000 Guineas and coming home in front in The Oaks.
1868 winner Formosa put all earlier achievements in the shade in becoming the first filly to win the triple crown of the 1000 Guineas, The Oaks and the St. Leger. In a legendary season Henry Woolcott’s star also dead heated in the 2000 Guineas. As of 2015 there have been nine triple-crown winners in all with 1902 winner Sceptre also landing the 2000 Guineas.
Amongst the best winners of the 20th Century were some of the most famous fillies to ever grace the track. Names such as Pretty Polly in 1904, Rockfel in 1938, Sun Chariot in 1942, Musidora in 1949, Sweet Solera in 1969 and perhaps the best of them all Oh So Sharp in 1985.
The high class conveyor belt continued into the 2000s with the brilliant Ouija Board and Snow Fairy who went on to add major global races to their hauls. John Gosden’s Taghrooda was the top rated three year old filly anywhere in the world in 2013.
Top Jockeys and Trainers at The Oaks
There were some mightily impressive records posted by trainers and jockeys here around the turn of the 19th century. So impressive in fact, that they still stand to this day. Frank Buckle was the man aboard the winner nine times between the years of 1797 and 1823. Father and son Sam Chifney and Sam Chifney, Jr. managed to later match this total between them but it is Buckle who sits atop the all-time list.
Even more impressive is the record of Robert Robson. The man known as, “The Emperor” won The Oaks with Scotia in 1802, Wings in 1825 and 11 other fillies in between. No trainer since has managed to eclipse this tally of 13 wins.