The Oaks Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.30 at Epsom, 31st May 2019
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 2019
Odds are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Hermosa To Win at 15/2 with Betfair
- Happen Each Way at 20/1 with BetVictor
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The Oaks 2019 Betting Tips and Race Preview
The Oaks at Epsom is one of the most prestigious and oldest races in British racing. It’s the middle leg of the Fillies’ Triple Crown, following on from the 1000 Guineas. It’s a Class 1 race over one mile and four furlongs, with a prize of almost £300,000 handed out to the winner. However, who will take top spot this year?
Epsom Oaks Betting Odds
Few attempt the Triple Crown these days, but there is a contender in the field here. 1000 Guineas winner Hermosa is among the options going into this race. The third favourite is expected to put up a fight at Epsom, coming here as a 15/2 chance with Betfair. Ahead in the betting are favourite Mehdaayih – sitting at 11/4 with bet365 – and Pink Dogwood who is narrowly behind at 7/2 with BetVictor. With five horses priced in the single figures, we expect a competitive race. However, could this year end up dominated by one man?
Epsom Oaks Recent Meetings
The Epsom Oaks is one of the longest-running meetings in British racing, but what can recent years tell us about the 2019 edition? Last year saw the team of Donnacha O’Brien and Aidan Brien claim success with Forever Together. That was a seventh success here for trainer Aidan O’Brien, while it was also his third win in four years. Given that recent dominance, are we going to see another O’Brien success this year? His son Donnacha won at The Oaks for the first time last year, but he’s likely to contend this year.
With O’Brien proving to be a dominant figure here in recent years, it should be no surprise that we’re favouring two of his horses at The Oaks. He had glory at Newmarket earlier this month, as Hermosa claimed 1000 Guineas success. It was a strong performance to beat out the other 14 contenders there, but it’s part of a brilliant rise from Hermosa. O’Brien’s three-year-old won three of eight races overall, securing four straight top two finishes going into this race. Given the 15/2 with Betfair currently on offer, we think there’s great value in backing O’Brien’s charge with a second Triple Crown win in 2019.
However, O’Brien brings plenty of challengers to this race, as he looks for a fourth win in five years. Given that dominance, we’re backing Happen to make a strong push in this one. While Happen doesn’t quite have the experience of some in this field, she comes fresh from success at Curragh ahead of this race. With two wins in three and a placed finish across all three of those, we suspect that O’Brien may have more than one contender here. We’re also getting Happen onside, especially with a price of 20/1 with BetVictor.
Previous Oaks Winners
- 2018 – Forever Together – jockey Donnacha O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 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.