Preview, odds and Epsom Oaks betting tips
The Cazoo Oaks is one of the five Classics run throughout the Flat horse racing season and alongside the 1000 Guineas is exclusive to three-year-old fillies.
The 12-furlong contest takes place at Epsom Downs in early June each year and is the centrepiece of the opening day of the two-day Derby meeting.
There are 18 fillies left in the hunt for Classic glory, so now seems the ideal time to take a look through the Epsom odds and highlight some Epsom Oaks betting tips.
John and Thady Gosden’s unbeaten daughter of Sea The Stars is the one they all have to beat and is sure to be a popular choice in Epsom Oaks betting tips.
Having opened her account at Wolverhampton last year, she first hit the headlines with a breath-taking display at Sandown in April before affirming her place at the head of the market with a bloodless victory in the Musidora at York, one of the most recognised Oaks trials.
She has drawn comparisons to the all-conquering Enable from both rider Frankie Dettori and her training team and this could be just the beginning of a very special on-track career.
😍 Emily Upjohn – hugely impressive in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes @yorkracecourse!
🏇 3 races
🥇 3 wins
🏆 G3 Musidora Stakes
✅ The Cazoo Oaks favourite
She looks a superstar for the Gosden team and @FrankieDettori ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/Tr3ohCSgAC
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) May 11, 2022
The shortest Ballydoyle contender is Tuesday, who looked in need of the step up in trip when running a fine third in the 1000 Guineas.
Her handler has won five of the last seven runnings of this Classic and any Aidan O’Brien horse that lines up has to be taken seriously.
This daughter of Galileo ticks a lot of boxes, but it is not always the first string from Ballydoyle that peaks at the right time, so it is also wise to keep a close eye on stablemates Concert Hall (8/1) and Thoughts Of June (10/1) who both head to Epsom having landed competitive trials last time.
It is entirely possible that Emily Upjohn’s biggest rival could be housed alongside her at Clarehaven Stables.
The ever-improving Frankel filly impressed when making a winning reappearance at Haydock and took the step up to both 10 furlongs and Listed level in her stride when scoring at Newbury last time.
She will have to stay a further two furlongs to land Epsom Oaks glory, but her breeding suggests that is entirely possible and there is a chance this very likeable filly could hand Hollie Doyle a first Classic success in our Epsom Oaks betting tips.
Godolphin’s number one hope in the race was twice a winner at two and was a clear-cut winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes on her reappearance at Newmarket.
She may be a little overestimated for what she has achieved on track so far, but she is far from reaching her ceiling and has to be respected in the Epsom betting.
Charlie Appleby could also saddle Musidora Stakes runner-up Life Of Dreams who can be backed at 16/1 in Epsom Oaks betting tips.
Joseph O’Brien has two Epsom Oaks contenders who are both available at 12/1 in the betting for the 12-furlong Classic as O’Brien junior looks to land one of the races which eluded him as a jockey.
Tranquil Lady burst onto the Oaks scene when scorching to victory at Naas last time, paying a huge compliment to the aforementioned Concert Hall in the process, while Above The Curve finished second of Thoughts Of June in the Chester Oaks, but the winner was given a cute ride that day and there appears little separating them on pure ability.
Tranquil Lady takes the Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stakes comfortably!
A superb performance for Joseph O’Brien with Dylan Browne McMonagle in the saddle at Naas 🏇@NaasRacecourse @IrishEBF_ @JosephOBrien2 @DylanBrowneMcM pic.twitter.com/YTNxtWt6aV
— Horse Racing Ireland (@HRIRacing) May 7, 2022
One horse currently not listed in the Epsom betting, but who could play a huge role in the Classic if supplemented into the race is Tom Clover’s Rogue Millenium, who defied inexperience to run out a worthy winner of the Lingfield Oaks trial.
Far from setting the world alight at Wetherby when making a winning debut, she headed to Lingfield an easy to back 15/2. However, she made a mockery of those odds to come home in front showing a willing attitude to battle at the business end of the race.
She is one who is sure to stay the Derby trip and if connections see fit to cough up the £30,000 supplementary fee, the daughter of Dubawi, who was a relative steal in the sales ring at 35,000 guineas, could be the neutrals’ choice as the Rogues Gallery Syndicate look for Classic success up against the powerhouses of Ballydoyle and Godolphin.
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