The Oaks is quickly approaching and with this race being the second-oldest of the five Classic races, you’re sure to see the best horse racing has to offer down at Epsom. The Oaks features the best Three-year-old fillies the sport has to offer and we’ll see what the top bookies for horse racing think about the big race.
Savethelastdance is given the best chance by the bookmakers following her emphatic Cheshire Oaks victory with Ryan Moore aboard. The three-year-old won by an absurdly impressive 22 lengths which makes the 11/8 price on offer for her to win the Epsom Oaks seem like a bit of a steal.
Unlike the Epsom Derby, the Oaks has a pretty solid favourite with Savethelastdance leading the market by quite a reasonable margin. If recent performances are anything to go off, Savethelastdance could make another mockery of her opponents. Ryan Moore won this race last year with Tuesday and could add to his tally with a win on Savethelastdance.
Soul Sister came into her last race as a huge 18/1 outsider but Frankie Dettori proved once again that he is still more than capable in the saddle and steered her home to glory in the Musidora.
She was previously backable at 50/1 before this huge upset and now comes in as 10/3 second favourite thanks to a mixture of good performances and Frankie Dettori’s recent success. Dettori has won two of the last four Epsom Oaks and this could add to an unforgettable year for him on his farewell tour.
Running Lion made it four in a row recently thanks to Oisin Murphy at Newmarket. Murphy is still a fair bit off reclaiming the Champion Jockey title with William Buick being five wins ahead of him but he is riding as well as ever. Running Lion looked mightily impressive in her last outing and ended up winning convincingly despite some market weakness.
Oisin Murphy has never won an Epsom Oaks but this could be his best chance yet if his mount can match her last performance. Four wins in a row is a frightening bit of form for her opponents and the 7/1 on offer looks pretty generous each-way.
Unlike most of these horses, Infinite Cosmos is not coming in fresh from a win, instead a rather disappointing 3rd place in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes. Going into the race many thought Infinite Cosmos was open to further improvement and maybe she still is, but it’s hard to back her after that performance at York.
Infinite Cosmos was actually the favourite at one point for the Oaks following her impressive reappearance at Newmarket where she won fairly comfortably. She’s still a major player in the market as we all know how capable the horse is, but it’ll be tough to bounce back from that last performance.
Whatever happens, this is sure to be a historic edition of the Oaks and we could very well see greatness at Epsom.