The third and fourth classics of the season are live on ITV from Epsom this afternoon. Both races look competitive so a couple of big priced outsiders hitting the frame would not be a surprise. History also tells us that big priced horses make the frame in the Epsom classics. As such, let’s take a look at who might be capable of getting involved from an each way point of view.
The step up to this trip looks a huge plus for Queen Daenerys who wasn’t disgraced on her seasonal debut at Newmarket. That form hasn’t been franked since at Royal Ascot but she is entitled to come on for her first run of the season and represents a yard who have been well amongst the winners of late.
The last nine renewals have seen winners at 20/1, 20/1, 20/1 and 50/1 so the Oaks is no stranger to a shock result. An interesting trend (albeit not so appropriate after Royal Ascot this year) is that none of the last twelve winners had run over this trip prior to winning. That’s a plus for our filly at huge odds and not so for Frankly Darling.
Four places on offer with the majority of bookmakers this year makes this a race rips to try and find an outsider. Emissary is a half-brother to Workforce, the 2010 winner of this race and shaped as if he was in need of his return to action.
Connections fit cheekpieces, clearly feeling he’s capable of better than his Goodwood run. The big plus from that Goodwood run is that he is proven on a switchback track which is a tick for his chances on a similarly quirky course now.