Timeform Shortlist: Epsom, Friday June 1

The Oaks takes place at Epsom on Friday
The Oaks takes place at Epsom on Friday

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Epsom on Friday, where the Oaks is the feature race...

"...having caught the eye on his return at Newmarket in April, he is fancied to prove himself well treated..."

Timeform on Juanito Chico

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2.00 Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes (Conditions) (2) 6f3y

Timeform Top Rated:
99 2. ITS THE ONLY WAY Richard Hannon Ryan Moore
99 4. MARIE'S DIAMOND Mark Johnston Silvestre De Sousa
94p 7. MENDOZA Brian Meehan Oisin Murphy

Analyst's Verdict:
This appears not to be the strongest renewal, so once-raced colt Mendoza could be the answer given the clear promise he displayed under a considerate ride at Newbury a fortnight ago. Marie's Diamond and Its The Only Way set the standard on their third/fourth placed finishes in minor company last time.


2.35 Investec Click & Invest Mile Handicap (2) 1m113y

Timeform Top Rated:
118 8. MASHAM STAR Mark Johnston P. J. McDonald
115 5. MEDBURN DREAM Peter Hedger Franny Norton
114+ 6. BRILLIANT VANGUARD Kevin Ryan Shane Gray

Analyst's Verdict:
Masham Star was worn down only in the dying strides at Ayr last time, and another bold bid seems assured from the same mark. Conditions should favour King's Pavilion given his best recent form has come with cut in the ground, with Donncha another to consider despite his long losing run tempering enthusiasm.


3.10 Investec Coronation Cup (Group 1) (1) 1½m6y

Timeform Top Rated:
149 1. CRACKSMAN John Gosden Frankie Dettori
140 3. IDAHO Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore
139 2. HAWKBILL Charlie Appleby William Buick

Analyst's Verdict:
Cracksman picked up where he left off when forging clear in the Prix Ganay on his reappearance at the end of April and it's very hard to see past him here, particularly as his best performance to date came when faced with soft ground. Idaho won readily at Chester last month and is narrowly preferred to Sheema Classic hero Hawkbill for the forecast spot.


3.45 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap (2) 1¼m17y

Timeform Top Rated:
119p 4. AJMAN KING Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni
117 2. ANOTHER TOUCH Richard Fahey Tony Hamilton
117 6. BROROCCO Andrew Balding David Probert

Analyst's Verdict:
Ajman King looked a colt heading rapidly in the right direction on his C&D return in April and a 5 lb rise seems unlikely to prevent him taking the next step up the ladder. Another Touch ran well behind the selection here last time and should figure again with conditions to suit, while last year's winner Not So Sleepy looks primed for another bold bid after a decent third at Chester.


4.30 Investec Oaks (Group 1) (1) 1½m6y

Timeform Top Rated:
125 9. WILD ILLUSION Charlie Appleby William Buick
124p 1. BYE BYE BABY Aidan O'Brien W. M. Lordan
117p 7. MAGIC WAND Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore

Analyst's Verdict:
Aidan O'Brien is mob-handed and it's Magic Wand who makes the most appeal. It was hard not to be impressed by the manner of her success in the Cheshire Oaks and she is sure to improve further still. Wild Illusion is the form choice having won the Prix Marcel Boussac before a creditable fourth in the 1000 Guineas, and there's sufficient stamina in her pedigree to suggest she'll stay this far.


5.15 Investec Surrey Stakes (Listed) (1) 7f3y

Timeform Top Rated:
124 3. KINGS SHIELD John Gosden Oisin Murphy
119 4. LAKE VOLTA Mark Johnston Silvestre De Sousa
118 5. RUFUS KING Mark Johnston P. J. McDonald

Analyst's Verdict:
Kings Shield stepped up plenty on his previous exploits when midfield in last month's French Guineas and, whilst underfoot conditions are a slight concern here, he still rates the one to side with on just his fifth career start. Aurum is also interesting though, and feared, whilst Lake Volta may bounce back from a disappointing effort now back on an easier surface.


5.50 Investec Zebra Handicap (2) 7f3y

Timeform Top Rated:
113 6. JUANITO CHICO William Jarvis Adam Kirby
112 4. TAUREAN STAR Ralph Beckett Harry Bentley
110 12. CLUBBABLE Richard Fahey Paddy Mathers

Analyst's Verdict:
A winner on this card 12 months ago, Juanito Chico had some strong 3-y-o form to his name thereafter and, having caught the eye on his return at Newmarket in April, he is fancied to prove himself well treated. Victoria Cup winner Ripp Orf is feared though, as are the Richard Fahey trained-pair Clubbable and Right Action.


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