Yorkshire Oaks 2018: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Sea of Class is the favourite for the Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday
Sea of Class is the favourite for the Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Yorkshire Oaks, and pick out their 1-2-3...

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Timeform on Coronet

1. CORONET (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Won Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and finished second to Enable in this race in 2017. Landed Middleton Stakes (1¼m) here on return in May and taken on colts in two starts since, including respectable third to Poet's Word in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last time. Commands plenty respect.

2. EZIYRA (Dermot Weld/William Buick)
Smart performer who won Give Thanks Stakes at Cork and Enterprise Stakes at Leopardstown (by three quarters of a length from Exemplar) in 2017. Displayed nice turn of foot to win Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown on return, by two and a half lengths from Stellar Mass, and likely has more to offer.

3. HORSEPLAY (Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy)
Shaped well when one and a half lengths second to Coronet in Middleton Stakes on reappearance. Produced career-best effort to win Lancashire Oaks at Haydock last time by short head from God Given, leading final 100 yards and holding on gamely. Still lightly raced and could have more to offer.

4. BYE BYE BABY (Aidan O'Brien/Wayne Lordan)
Won the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes at the Curragh in May but limitations exposed in Group 1 company since, fourth in Irish Oaks last month. Likely vulnerable again.

5. FLATTERING (Aidan O'Brien/Michael C. Hussey)
Wasn't disgraced when fifth in Oaks at Epsom and career best to land Munster Oaks at Cork next time. Has had excuses on each of her last two starts but even pick of her form leaves her short here.

6. LAURENS (Karl Burke/P. J. McDonald)
Most progressive at two, winning three of four starts, including Fillies' Mile at Newmarket. Good one and three quarter lengths second to Billesdon Brook in 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on reappearance and has improved since, winning Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp (by short head from With You) in May before following up in Prix de Diane at Chantilly last time by neck from Musis Amica, digging deep. Bred to stay 1½m and commands maximum respect.

7. MAGIC WAND (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Smart sort who won listed Cheshire Oaks at Chester in May and Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot (by four lengths from Wild Illusion) in June. Disappointing when only fifth in Irish Oaks at the Curragh last time, adding to a somewhat patchy record, but has shown in the past she can bounce back.

8. SEA OF CLASS (William Haggas/James Doyle)
Didn't make debut until April but has improved with each start, winning 1¼m listed races at Newbury in May and June (by two lengths from Mrs Sippy). Better than ever when completing hat-trick in Irish Oaks at the Curragh last time by neck from Forever Together, and remains open to improvement. Very much one to consider if taking her chance.

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