Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Epsom Oaks and pick out their 1-2-3.
"...looked better the further she went at Newmarket and pedigree says she’ll improve again for the longer trip..."
Timeform on Love
Saturday, 15:40 Epsom
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1. Bharani Star (Peter Chapple-Hyam/ Oisin Murphy)
Sea The Stars filly who looked nothing out of the ordinary in a couple of starts last term but has shown plenty of improvement stepped up to 1½m this year. Forced a dead-heat in a class 5 handicap at Haydock on return before excelling herself at 100/1 to finish five lengths fourth to Frankly Darling in Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot just eight days later. Open to more progress.
2. Ennistymon (Aidan O'Brien/ Seamie Heffernan)
Showed plenty of improvement from her sole start last year when narrow winner of maiden at Leopardstown on reappearance. No match for easy winner but improved good deal more when a length and three-quarter second to Frankly Darling in Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot week later, staying on well having come from further back than ideal. More required to turn tables on winner but has been improving in leaps and bounds.
3. Frankly Darling (John Gosden/ Frankie Dettori)
Learnt from debut last year when winning both starts this month in really good style. Followed emphatic five-length win in maiden at Newcastle with smart effort to win Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot by length and three quarters from Ennistymon, travelling strongly and quickly going clear to win with plenty in hand. Still learning, but proven at the trip and looks sure to go close.
4. Gold Wand (Roger Varian/ Andrea Atzeni)
Beaten a neck by Domino Darling in maiden at Doncaster on debut last season. Readily landed odds without needing to run to same level in similar event at Newbury over 1¼m on return, taking keen hold in slowly-run race. Promising, but lots more needed in this company.
5. Love (Aidan O'Brien/ Ryan Moore)
Busier than the rest of these last year, winning three times, notably the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, but seemed beaten fair and square when third in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket. However, she returned with an improved effort to win the 1000 Guineas, quickening clear impressively entering the final furlong to beat Cloak of Spirits by four and a quarter lengths. She looked better the further she went at Newmarket and pedigree says she'll improve again for the longer trip, so good chance of emulating Minding who completed Guineas/Oaks double for the same stable in 2016.
6. Passion (Aidan O'Brien/ Padraig Beggy)
Sister to St Leger winner Capri who won a maiden at Cork from three starts last year. Fitted with cheekpieces and has improved for longer trips this term, finishing fourth in a listed race at Navan before a keeping-on third behind Frankly Darling and Ennistymon in the Ribblesdale Stakes. Capable of better again, particularly if this is a stronger test of stamina.
7. Queen Daenerys (Roger Varian/ William Buick)
Won a novice at Newmarket last year before finishing sixth in the Fillies' Mile over the same C&D. Had wind op and showed a bit more improvement when keeping on well for second behind all-the-way winner Run Wild in listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on her return. Likely to stay this trip and may do better again, though much more is needed to figure here.
8. Tiempo Vuela (John Gosden/ Martin Harley)
Started favourite for the Pretty Polly on the back of winning her only start last year at Newcastle in good style but raced too freely and beat only one home. Dam stayed well but will need to settle much better to see out another couple of furlongs.
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Timeform's Epsom Oaks Analyst Verdict:
Love was one of the most impressive 1000 Guineas winners of the 21st century and is bred to be well suited by this immediate hike up in trip, so she's difficult to oppose despite the presence of a classy filly in Frankly Darling, who landed the Ribblesdale last time with a good deal to spare. Ennistymon chased the latter named home at Royal Ascot, so she's the pick of the remainder.
2. Frankly Darling