Yorkshire Oaks 2017: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide
Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Yorkshire Oaks...
"ENABLE ran to a figure of rare quality for a 3-y-o filly when a decisive winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot..."
Thursday 24th August, 15:35
1. ABINGDON (Sir Michael Stoute/Richard Kingscote)
Won uncompetitive listed race at Pontefract (by 10 lengths) in June and similar form in two defeats since, in Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (half-length second to The Black Princess) and Prix de Pomone at Deauville (staying-on one and three quarter lengths third to Bateel). Needs to improve.
2. NEZWAAH (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni)
Compact filly who didn't need to repeat best three-year-old form to win listed race at Ayr in May, but took a big step forward when storming clear in 11-runner Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh (by three and a quarter lengths from Rain Goddess)last time. Strong traveller with a good turn of foot, though is yet to run over this far.
3. QUEEN'S TRUST (Sir Michael Stoute/Jim Crowley)
Third to Journey in Fillies' And Mares' and won Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita in 2016. Disappointed in Middleton Stakes here in May, but back to best when fourth in Prince of Wales's Stakes in June. Not seen to best effect when last of six to Winter in Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last time, possibly unsuited by the testing ground, but was third in this race 12 months ago.
4. ALLURINGLY (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Third in Oaks at Epsom (11 lengths behind Enable) in June and a length and a half further back when sixth to same rival in Irish Oaks at the Curragh in July. Bounced back to her best when winning listed race at Gowran Park (by neck from Making Light) last time, but lots of work to do to reverse earlier form with Enable.
5. CORONET (John Gosden/Olivier Peslier)
Won both starts last term and put Oaks flop behind her when winning Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot (by neck from Mori) in June. Perhaps feeling the effects of that hard race when only fourth to Enable in Irish Oaks last time, never nearer, but needs to progress again to narrow the gap here.
6. ENABLE (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Reappearance third her only defeat in six starts. Won Cheshire Oaks in May, Oaks at Epsom in June and Irish Oaks at the Curragh (by five and a half lengths from Rain Goddess) in July. At least as good when completing four-timer in 10-runner King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last time impressively by four and a half lengths from Ulysses. The one to beat.
Timeform Yorkshire Oaks 1-2-3
2. Queen's Trust
Timeform Analyst's Yorkshire Oaks Verdict:
ENABLE ran to a figure of rare quality for a 3-y-o filly when a decisive winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot taking on her elders for the first time, and it's very hard to envisage her failing to complete the 5-timer. The intriguing puzzle for most punters will be selecting the correct forecast, with Queen's Trust preferred to Nezwaah.