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The Oaks has produced some brilliant races and winners ever since its first running first running all the way back in 1779 and there are a number of fillies entered up at this stage who look like they could become superstars.

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This was won last year by the brilliant Enable who went on to win the Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe in fine style with multiple Group 1 winner Rhododendron and the trainers of that 1-2, Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden, look to have strong hands once more. The first horse to concentrate on is the antepost favourite Happily who won four of her seven starts at two including the Group 1 Moyglare and Prix Jean Luc-Lagardere. She should stay on pedigree as her full brother The Taj Mahal was effective over middle distances and her form has a solid look to it aside from a disappointing but forgivable run at the end of a long season in the Breeders’ Cup. She will likely start her season in the 2000 Guineas which will give us a better understanding of her chances as her trainer did the same with both Minding who went on to win the race and Rhododendron who as mentioned finished second.

Royal Ascot winner September is also trained for Aidan O’Brien and was a horse throughout the season who looked as if she would get middle distance trips in her three-year-old season. She was unbelievably unlucky not to win the Fillies’ Mile when going down by a nose and though she was beaten a few times in her racecourse visits she is still unexposed over further than a mile and could certainly step up this year. There is a concern with her that she is a very small filly who has reportedly not grown much over the winter but that didn’t disadvantage her in the slightest last year and it may be that her talent simply makes up for her lack of stature.

John Gosden has won this twice in the last four years and had a contender by the name of Lah Ti Dar burst onto the scene with a striking success in what looked a strong early season Newbury maiden. She is a full sister to So Mi Dar who was well touted for the Oaks after bolting up in the Musidora but missed out due to injury and failed to quite get her career back on track after that. Her sister, however, was mightily impressive on her racecourse visit and could also be heading for an Oaks trial before a shot at the big one. She travelled well and put good distance between herself and some horses who will likely end up being quite useful in their own right so is absolutely one to be shortlisted.

Charlie Appleby has been flying this season and his lightly raced Group 1 winner Wild Illusion is possibly his best hope of a Classic winner this season. She won easily when favourite on her debut at Yarmouth before being pitched straight into a French Group 3 where inexperience told but she finished a more than respectable third regardless. She then went back to France and caused a big upset when stretching away from the extremely well-regarded Polydream to record her first win in as many tries at the top level. She is completely unexposed and her pedigree suggests she should not only stay but also improve from two to three as she is by the brilliant Dubawi, she is one to fear.

Nathaniel announced himself as a sire to take seriously when his daughter Enable became the queen of last year’s flat season and he could have another Oaks contender this year again trained by John Gosden by the name of Highgarden. She was well punted on her debut at Newbury and did the job with consummate ease with Frankie Dettori never even thinking about getting serious. She doesn’t have the level of form as many of these and will have to prove herself in a trial but looked a filly with plenty of talent on the only evidence shown so far and she falls into the ‘could be anything category’.

Dermot Weld’s stable was kept down by a virus for the majority of last season and it is a great credit to the potential of Contingent that she managed to bolt up on debut regardless of stable form. She is by Frankel who has already produced some high class staying types, she was well backed into favouritism before beating a horse from the Prendergast stable who won next time out. The form of that looks solid enough and she is one to watch in the Irish or English Trials that are creeping up on us.

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20-05-2018 16:38:24pm