Epsom Oaks: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

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The fillies take centre stage in Friday's Epsom Oaks

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Friday's Epsom Oaks and pick out their 1-2-3...

"...has improved in leaps and bounds, running out an emphatic winner in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield despite not looking the finished article..."

Timeform on Anapurna

1. Anapurna (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Unable to follow in siblings' footsteps with a win at two, but impressed in two starts this term, winning an all-weather maiden at Lingfield (1¼m, by five lengths from Dawn Crusade) in January and improving again when following up on the grass back there in a seven-runner 11.6f listed Oaks Trial (by six lengths from Tauteke, travelled powerfully and well on top finish) last time. From a talented family (albeit a temperamental once) and interesting that Dettori has sided with her. Leading player with further improvement on the cards.

2. Blue Gardenia (David O'Meara/Jamie Spencer)
Generally progressed at a low level last season, rounding off season with neck-win in 1m listed race at Newmarket. Ran as well as could be expected when creditable three lengths fifth of 10 to Nausha in Musidora Stakes at York (sent off 40/1) last time, but likely to be outclassed once more here. Should stay the longer trip (half-sister to 1½m winner Amadeus and dam stayed 11.5f).

3. Delphinia (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Seamie Heffernan)
From precocious family, but took a while to get the hang of things last term, getting off the mark at the third attempt when winning 1m maiden at Galway (by half a length from Kiss For A Jewel). Much improved when length third of seven to Tarnawa in 1¼m Blue Wind Stakes at Naas last time, keeping on once headed over two furlongs out, but a mountain to climb on the form book here.

4. Fleeting (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Wayne Lordan)
Showed a good attitude to make a winning start at Limerick last season, and got back on track when winning 1m May Hill Stakes at Doncaster (by one and a half lengths from Star Terms). Unfancied and ran no sort of race (appeared outpaced throughout) when last of 15 to Hermosa in 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last time, but always looked more of an Oaks filly (dam 1¼m-1¾m winner) and not one to discount too readily at a big price, especially if the market offers any encouragement.

5. Frankellina (William Haggas/James Doyle)
First foal of useful winner up to 1½m and landed a gamble when edging ahead close home in 10-runner minor event at Yarmouth in October (useful form). Much improved when neck-second to Nausha in Musidora Stakes last time, despite still being very green (very slowly away, would surely have won had she got away on terms). Will likely stay 1½m and sure to progress further.

6. Lavender's Blue (Amanda Perrett/Silvestre de Sousa)
Won 1m maiden at Newmarket in April and built on that promise when neck-second of eight to Queen Power in 1¼m listed race at Newbury last time, tanking along and looking all over the winner when hitting the front two furlongs out, but not clued up enough to seal matters. Open to further improvement and should stay beyond 1¼m, but needs to take another step forward.

7. Manuela de Vega (Ralph Beckett/Harry Bentley)
Won 7f maiden at Salisbury and 1m listed race at Pontefract in 2018. Looked unlucky not to finish closer when four and a half lengths second of 11 to Mehdaayih under 3 lb penalty in Cheshire Oaks at Chester on reappearance, not getting a clear run turning for home. Good-looking filly with plenty of scope who remains capable of better. Sister Isabel de Urbina well-held in 2017 renewal of this race.

8. Maqsad (William Haggas/Jim Crowley)
Stepped up on two winless runs last term when winning 1m maiden at Newmarket (by short head from Twist 'N' Shake who has produced two useful efforts since) in April. Followed up in impressive fashion in 1¼m listed Pretty Polly Stakes there (by five lengths from Shambolic) last time, travelling strongly and quickly forging clear in the final furlong. Stayed on well that day, suggesting this longer trip should be within range (not guaranteed on pedigree), and remains a very exciting prospect.

9. Mehdaayih (John Gosden/Robert Havlin)
Slow-burner last term, off the mark at the third time of asking at Yarmouth in late-October, but backed as if defeat was out of the question on reappearance at Chelmsford (two-runner handicap, won from BHA mark of 84) in April. Completed hat-trick in 11-runner listed Cheshire Oaks at Chester last time, quickening to lead approaching final furlong and storming clear impressively despite hanging left. Not a certain stayer on pedigree, but won't have a problem with 1½m judging by that performance and is still open to further improvement. Supplemented on Monday.

10. Peach Tree (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Donnacha O'Brien)
Series of fairly useful efforts last term, culminating with win in listed race at Navan (1m, by one and three quarter lengths from Tarnawa). Creditable length fourth to same rival in 1¼m Blue Wind Stakes at Naas last time. Sister to Munster Oaks (1¼m) winner but plenty of speed in the family, which raises question marks over this two-furlong longer trip. Front-runner who needs to improve plenty.

11. Pink Dogwood (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Ryan Moore)
Sister to Irish Derby winner Latrobe. Took a while to get the hang of things last term, eventually successful in heavy-ground 1m maiden at Gowran in September. Signed off with front-running fifth in Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, and improved again when winning 1¼m listed race at Navan. Owes position in the betting to connections/pedigree rather than what she actually achieved on track as a two-year-old, but open to further improvement and likely to take another step forward.

12. Sh Boom (Peter Chapple-Hyam/Tom Queally)
Offered plenty to work on in never-nearer debut fifth at Goodwood (strong form) in September, before showing good attitude to win minor event at Newmarket later that month. Bit of work to do to turn the tables on a couple from Newbury (four and a half lengths sixth) last time, but should come on plenty for that reappearance and breeding gives her a chance of seeing out this longer trip.

13. Tarnawa (Dermot Weld, Ireland/Chris Hayes)
Plenty of promise in three fairly useful placed efforts last year, and didn't need to improve when winning 1¼m maiden at Leopardstown in April. Improved when third to Pink Dogwood at Navan, and took further step forward when winning seven-runner Blue Wind Stakes at Naas (by neck from Who's Steph)) last time, chasing leaders and responding well once leading inside the final furlong. First foal of winner up to 12.5f, so longer trip here in her favour. Respected.

14. Tauteke (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni)
Stoutly-bred filly who took big step forward from debut when winning 1m minor event at Chelmsford, both in November, and improved again when six lengths second to Anapurna in listed Oaks Trial at Lingfield last time, chasing leader a furlong out after racing wide. Will probably stay further than 1½m in time, but remains with potential over this trip in the interim.

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