Today's Racing News: All eyes on Epsom as Fillies take centre stage

The Epsom Derby Festival gets underway today with the feature race the Epsom Oaks at 16:30.

The Cazoo Epsom Derby Festival is here, and so is Daryl Carter to talk you through all of the action and provides runner by runner comments for today's Epsom Oaks.

"Career-best on the first attempt at 1m4f at York with a runaway victory in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes with a powerful finish. She is promising - the one to beat."

All eyes will be firmly focused on Epsom today as the Fillies' take centre stage on day one, but if you're punting away from the meeting, there is no shortage of racing.

Market Rasen and Tramore are over obstacles alongside six flat meetings from Epsom, Catterick, Down Royal, Goodwood, Bath and Doncaster.

Today's Epsom info and Oaks runner by runner comments!

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16:30 Cazoo Oaks

Here is all the information that you need to help guide you through the Epsom Derby Festival for the next two days, including runner by runner thoughts for today's Classic.

Epsom top jockeys by win %

Charles Bishop 32.1%
Silvestre De Sousa 21.8%
Franny Norton 21%
Edward Greatrex 19.4%
Luke Morris 19%

Epsom top trainers by win %

Sir Mark Prescott 25.7%
Rodger Varian 24.7%
Charlie Appleby 24.4%
John Quinn 21.5%

Friday and Saturday previous Epsom course winners

Friday

14:35 - Corazon Espinado
15:45 - Sky Defender, Data Protection, Victory Chime
17:40 - Count Otto, Arigato

Saturday

14:00 - Patient Dream
15:10 - Century Dream
15:45 - Recon Mission, Mokaatil, Ornate, Caspian Prince
17:15 - Soto Sizzler, Group One Power

Oaks runner by runner comments

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Santa Barbara - Maiden winner with a good fourth in the English 1,000 Guineas on just her second start. Needs to improve, and stamina not guaranteed for this new trip.

Snowfall - Career-best on the first attempt at 1m4f at York with a runaway victory in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes with a powerful finish. She is promising - the one to beat.

Zeyaadah - Coffin box draw in stall one, but a winner of three of her four starts and better than the bare result in the Cheshire Oaks behind Dubai Fountain. Can improve again

Dubai Fountain - Cheshire Oaks winner, stout stayer and officially the highest rated horse in the field. She holds some strong form and shouldn't be underestimated.

Teona - Not disgraced behind Snowfall at York but failed to settle, so now the hood goes on, and the stats do not speak in her favour.

Saffron Beach - Excellent second in the 1,000 Guineas but a very doubtful stayer at this trip on pedigree.

Divinely - Behind three of today's rivals at Lingfield but entitled to improve - hard to see her winning, though.

Willow - Subject of overnight market support, from an Oaks winning family, will appreciate the step up in trip but will need to be prominent as she may lack the speed of a couple of these.

Ocean Road - She needs to take her form up a notch but will have no trouble with the trip and is one of the more interesting outsiders.

Save A Forest - Will be suited to a strongly run affair and has improved with each start - a sure stayer and could easily outrun her big odds.

Sherbert Lemon - Slightly flattered by her Lingfield Oaks trial win but is now 2/3 and open to improvement, although I suspect a Save A Forest will reverse the form.

Mystery Angel - Supplemented for this but well held by Snowfall at York - uphill task.

La Jaconde - Well beaten in Cheshire Oaks, not out of the realms of possibility she can improve, but needs to.

Technique - Hard to make a case for her but is the sole runner with course experience when second here earlier this season.

Give me Moore - Ryan on Oaks fav!

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Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore gives his thoughts on all of his rides today at Epsom.

Read Ryan's thoughts here.

Timeform digging for winners at Donny


The Timeform team head up to Doncaster's excellent evening meeting, and have dug out their three best bets to claim some cash.

Read what the team has to say here.

Race of the day

With plenty of focus already on the Epsom Oaks, it's worth tackling the first handicap of the festival where there is a heavily punted favourite at the top of the market in the 14:35 Coral 'Beaten By A Length' Free Bet Handicap.

Irish Admiral has the potential to be a top-notcher, and no money has been left behind as punters mopped up the 9/4 earlier in the week.

He travelled powerfully through a hot York 1m2f handicap only to be seen off in the closing stages by two well-treated rivals.

That form is working out well, the runner-up went close in the Zetland Gold Cup next time, and the eighth is since a winner, while the seventh will run at this meeting on Saturday.

Completely unexposed after just four starts, rapidly improving and dropping back to a more suitable trip of 1m? There are very few negatives to his chances.

Corazon Espinado is the sole course and distance winner in the field with a record of 3/8 here. He is 2lbs higher than his last victory over 7f but is long in the tooth, and with that comes exposure.

He is more than capable on his day, as he showed on his last two starts at Lingfield, and a big run can be expected from the consistent sort, but there are no secrets from the handicapper.

Plantadream is interesting. A winner of three of his 13 races, he races off a 6lbs lower turf mark but has proven more than capable on this surface, as he proved with a good win at Ascot last term.

He holds some strong handicap form lines in defeat, and this fast surface will play to his strengths. He needs forgiving a below-par effort on seasonal return at Newbury, but he could just spring a surprise now race fit.

Williams wacked crossbar with 66/1 shot yesterday and has five tips for today

Rhys Williams went oh so close with a 66/1 shot yesterday and is hoping for redemption today with five tips from Market Rasen and Down Royal.

Read Rhys' column here.

Stat of the day

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William Haggas is only 4/50 at Epsom with a loss of £27.87 to a £1 level stake and is without a winner at the Epsom Derby Festival since 2011. He has two favourites today - 14:35 Irish Admiral and 15:10 Al Aasy.

Money Talk

Money Talk takes a look at the market movers on Friday away from Epsom.

18:30 Goodwood - Be Prepared 6.05/1 into 3.55/2
19:23 Doncaster - Stunning Beauty 21.020/1 into 7.06/1
16:45 Tramore - Gray Duke 44.043/1 into 12.011/1

WOW Dudman's double is 150/1

Al Dudman has a very well reasoned double at a whopping price of 150/1 today - Al's selections are boosted everyday on the Betfair Sportsbook, and today's is 150/1!

Read Dudman's double here.

Final Word

There's been plenty of content from me this week, and hopefully there is enough info in today's column to make this weekend profitable for you, so I will leave it there today. Best of luck!

Until Monday, be lucky!

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