What are the best bets in Friday's Oaks?
The fillies’ classic revolves around Aidan O’Brien’s impressive 1000 Guineas winner Minding and whether she will get this extra half mile and cope with a quick reappearance after a surprise odds-on defeat when trying to follow-up in the Irish equivalent just 12 days ago. As a daughter of Galileo, her pedigree is real positive to her chances of staying and her sire produced the 2012 Oaks winner Was, whose dam was best over 6f. However, she does have it prove and, having had a hard race at the Curragh, I’m inclined to take her on at around even money.
Neither of her two stablemates, Seventh Heaven and Somehow, can be ruled out after wins in the Lingfield Oaks Trial and Cheshire Oaks respectively last time,and it worth noting that the stable has won this race with 20/1 and 50/1 shots since 2012. Of the pair, I just prefer Seventh Heaven as her ability to handle an undulating track is proven and, at 16/1 with bet365, she’s twice the price of her better-fancied stablemate. She’s one for each-way backers.
Charlie Appleby’s Skiffle has been supplemented for this after winning a Listed contest at Goodwood last month, a route taken by the 2010 Oaks winner Snow Fairy. She is worth considering but Jim Bolger’s TURRET ROCKS makes even more appeal at a double-figure price. A dual winner at two, including a Group 2 at the St Leger meeting, she could only finish sixth behind Minding at Newmarket on her return to action. However, she looked in need of the run (was easy to back) and her pedigree suggests she will do far better now stepping up in distance. Bred along the same lines as last year’s winner Qualify and out of the same family of star mare Goldikova, she may well outstay Minding and, with her trainer sounding increasingly bullish about her chances in recent interviews, she can land the spoils.
Turret Rocks each-way @ 10/1 Sky Bet