Yorkshire Oaks 2016: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Found is the headline act in the Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday
Found is the headline act in the Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the big race at York on Thursday, the Yorkshire Oaks.

"QUEEN'S TRUST gave outstanding 3-y-o filly Minding a run for her money in the Nassau at Glorious Goodwood..."

Yorkshire Oaks
York
Thursday August 18, 15:40

1. Endless Time (Charlie Appleby) Has been supplemented for this race. Improved again when seeing off Furia Cruzada and Loving Things in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (1½m, soft ground) last time. Equally effective on faster ground and there could be ever better to come.

2. Found (Aidan O'Brien) Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner (beat Golden Horn). Classy and consistent in equal measures, and posted her best effort of the season so far when second in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot (1¼m, soft) last time. The one to beat on form.

3. Furia Cruzada (John Gosden) Multiple Group 1 winner in Argentina and caught further back than ideal when ½-length second to Endless Time at Haydock last time. Solid each-way claims if proving equally effective on faster ground.

4. Koora (Luca Cumani) Found only Beautiful Romance too good on return in a Group 2 at the Dante meeting here (10.4f) in May. Not seen to best effect in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh since (1¼m) and return to this trip will be in her favour.

5. Loving Things (Luca Cumani) Best effort yet when third behind Endless Time and Furia Cruzada in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock, but not so good at Goodwood subsequently and Koora appears to be the stable first-string.

6. Even Song (Aidan O'Brien) Displayed a good turn of foot when landing the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, but she was bitterly disappointing when well behind stablemate Seventh Heaven in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh next time. Clearly needs to bounce right back.

7. Fireglow (Mark Johnston) Fine fourth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on return in May, and best effort since when landing a listed race on first try at this trip there (July course) 19 days ago. This is much tougher, though.

8. Harlequeen (Mick Channon) Placed in the English and Irish Oaks, but it was rather disappointing that she couldn't deliver the goods in a Group 3 at Cork last time, for all that she wasn't beaten far. Others preferred.

9. Pretty Perfect (Aidan O'Brien) Smart filly in her own right, but she was well held when seemingly deployed as a pacemaker in the Irish Oaks last time, and one suspects that she will be fulfilling a similar role here.

10. Queen's Trust (Sir Michael Stoute) Lightly-raced filly who shaped better than the result when fourth to Even Song at Royal Ascot, and improved when chasing home Minding in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood (1¼m) subsequently. Should be suited the return to 1½m and yard has won this race 9 times.

11. Seventh Heaven (Aidan O'Brien) Proved her running in the Epsom Oaks to be all wrong when decisively landing the Irish equivalent at the Curragh last month (3 of these rivals behind). Like stablemate Found, she's a major player.

12. Turret Rocks (Jim Bolger) Smart form at 2 yrs, but she's ultimately come up short in the 1000 Guineas and the English/Irish Oaks this season. Difficult to envisage her playing a leading role here.

Timeform Yorkshire Oaks 1-2-3
1. Queen's Trust
2. Found
3. Seventh Heaven

Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
QUEEN'S TRUST gave outstanding 3-y-o filly Minding a run for her money in the Nassau at Glorious Goodwood and, with the step back up in trip in a plus and the distinct possibility of better to come, she can provide Sir Michael Stoute with his tenth victory in this contest. The wonderfully consistent Found and stablemate Seventh Heaven are obvious dangers, while Furia Cruzada also merits respect.

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