With the declarations now released for Friday’s running of the Oaks, we now have a clear picture of where the value lies in the contest.
Whilst there is an obvious favourite in the betting, there are plenty of other options to consider in the 1m4f Classic, with some hidden gems hiding among the stats and form.
Here are the two runners I’ll be backing for the Oaks on Friday afternoon.
THE OAKS SELECTIONS:
TUESDAY @ 8/1
ROGUE MILLENIUM E/W @ 16/1
BEST BET: TUESDAY @ 8/1
While Emily Upjohn is a very clear favourite for this contest, there is better value among the field and that’s why I’m siding with Tuesday here.
Aidan O‘Brien’s filly has only made four career starts to date, landing success once and placing on the other three occasions.
She has only been tested as far as a mile currently, but her pedigree suggests that she should be able to combat the longer trip.
The three-year-old is a full sister to Oaks winner Minding as well as Irish 1,000 Guineas victor Empress Josephine and Group 3 winner Heaven On Earth, while her Dam (Lillie Langtry) is a dual Group 1 winner.
Tuesday holds a lot of potential on paper and if she can show further improvement here, she could well be in the mix at a nice price.
EACH-WAY: ROGUE MILLENIUM @ 16/1
It is difficult to gauge how much potential a runner does possess after two runs, but Rogue Millenium could defy the odds here and run a cracker in the Oaks.
The Dubawi filly has been given her chance in Group 1 company after landing the Oaks Trial at Lingfield, keeping on well in the final stages to snatch victory by a head.
Her form doesn’t scream much here but she looks an interesting prospect after her first two runs and she could well show further improvement at Epsom.
The three-year-old pedigree does kick up some interest as she is thinly related to Wedding Bouquet, who is the full sister of former Oaks winner Imagine.
It is a big ask for her to land success here, but we have seen big upsets in this contest in the past and she could well run well to push into the places here.