Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Yorkshire Oaks and pick out their 1-2-3.
"...this improving filly should be difficult to beat..."
Timeform on Love
1. Manuela de Vega (Ralph Beckett/Rob Hornby)
Rangy filly who has developed into a smart performer, winning the Pinnacle Stakes on her reappearance at Haydock this season, beating subsequent Hardwicke Stakes winner Fanny Logan by two lengths, before following up in the Lancashire Oaks, only having to be kept up to her work to score by five lengths. Acts on good to firm but is a strong stayer who is well suited by tested conditions, so will appreciate any ease in the ground. Looks vulnerable against some exciting three-year-olds.
2. Alpinista (Sir Mark Prescott/Ryan Tate)
Hails from a good staying family the yard has had success with and produced an improved effort at Salisbury last time to win a mile-and-a-quarter listed race by three and a quarter lengths. Benefited from a well-judged front-running ride on that occasion and the form falls well short of what will be required here. Should improve for the step up to a mile and half, though.
3. Franconia (John Gosden/ James Doyle)
Half-sister to Group 1 winner Winsili who looked an exciting prospect when landing a listed race on her reappearance at Newbury in June, beating subsequent winner Cabaletta by three and three-quarter lengths. Followed up in a listed race over a mile and a quarter here last time, asserting in the final 100 yards to beat Gold Wand by three-quarters of a length. There should be more to come over this trip so she cannot be ruled out.
4. Frankly Darling (John Gosden/ Robert Havlin)
Highly-regarded filly who has quickly developed into a smart sort, winning a maiden in impressive style at Newcastle before landing the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot by a length and three-quarters, looking value for extra after quickening clear. Failed to meet expectations when finishing third, beaten nearly ten lengths, behind Love in the Oaks, but she didn't look well suited by the track at Epsom and remains capable of better. Will struggle to reverse that form, however.
5. Love (Aidan O'Brien/ Ryan Moore)
Won a Group 1 over seven furlongs last season, showing useful form, but has returned a different proposition, bolting up by four and a quarter lengths in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and then relished the step up to a mile and a half when winning the Oaks at Epsom, scoring by nine lengths and producing one of best performances in the race this century. That was an impressive performance and represents the best form on offer, so this improving filly should be difficult to beat.
6. One Voice (Jessica Harrington/ Tom Marquand)
Smart performer who has shown run-by-run progress, notably winning the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes at Leopardstown in June and finishing runner-up in Group 1 company in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last time, beaten only a neck by Fancy Blue. Has a likeable profile and should stay a mile and a half, so has to enter the equation.
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Timeform's Yorkshire Oaks Analyst Verdict
Love rocketed to the head of the betting for the Arc after such an emphatic success in the Oaks at Epsom and it would be a big surprise if she does not arrive at Longchamp with a Yorkshire Oaks success on her glowing CV. Franconia arguably has the most potential of the others stepping up in distance and is taken to follow the selection home.
3. One Voice