Our G1 Yorkshire Oaks (York, Thursday, August 24th, 3:35pm) ante-post betting market is already live and there is little doubt as to which horse will start as favourite.
John Gosden’s Enable is unbeaten in her last 4 outings and the likes of Ulysses, Idaho and even Highland Reel couldn’t get close to her in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Roger Varian’s Nezwaah and Sir Michael Stoute’s Queen’s Trust look the most likely challengers and you’ll get long odds if you want to take a punt on the likes of Journey, Coronet, Abingdon, or Aidan O’Brien’s Alluringly.
Will this just be a procession, led by the fantastic Nathaniel-sired filly?
The Yorkshire Oaks was introduced in 1849 and originally was just for 3-year-old fillies (now 3 and up). G1 status was immediately awarded in 1971. Brown Duchess (1861) was the first horse to win both the Epsom Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks.
Sir Michael Stoute equalled Matthew Dawson’s record of 9 Yorkshire Oaks victories, with Quiff in 2004, but has been unable to secure the 10th win that would make him the clear leader. Two of Stoute’s wins came with Islington, who is the last horse to win in consecutive campaigns (2002 & 2003).
Take A Look At Alluringly
Aidan O’Brien has won two of the last three renewals (Tapestry 2014 & Seventh Heaven 2016), so some bettors might see a little value in backing Alluringly to score for him on Thursday at a big price. Alluringly finished 3rd, in the Epsom Oaks, although she finished a long way behind both Enable and Rhododendron. We’ve seen O’Brien’s horses win G1 races at long odds, many times before though and if Enable isn’t right on the day then this contest is wide-open.
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