2016 Epsom Oaks
Aidan O'Brien's Minding was a sensational winner of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, but failed to bag more Classic glory when second in the Irish 1000 Guineas a few weeks later, but the star Irish filly is still the one to beat in what is shaping up into a fascinating Investec Oaks, which will take place on June 3.
Godolphin raider Skiffle has been supplemented for the race and will be aiming to improve on a fine victory at Goodwood last time out, whilst Cheshire Oaks winner Somehow adds more depth to the O'Brien string, who will be without Ballydoyle for the race.
The 2016 Oaks Betting is dominated by the aforementioned Minding, but there are some intriguing runners further down the list and Turret Rocks and Architecture add terrific depth to what will be a corking Group 1 showpiece on the opening day of a sublime Derby Festival.
16:30 Investec Oaks (Fillies' Group 1) (Class 1, 1m 4f 10y)
1.Minding - R Moore - A P O'Brien - 10/11 Fav
2.Architecture - L Dettori - H Palmer - 12/1
3.Harlequeen - S De Sousa - M Channon - 14/1
The Epsom Oaks was conceived of and planned by the Earl of Derby and was first run in 1779. The Epsom Oaks is named after the Earl of Derby's residence at Carshalton, which is some four miles away from the course. The first race was won by one of the Earl's own horses Bridget, See Epsom Oaks History for more.
2016 Oaks Betting
The Oaks betting market is drawn up in the wake of the last race allowing punters to back on it in the preceding 12 months. Naturally the market will fluctuate as and when the runners perform on the racecourse, a good performance will obviously shorten a horse's odds horse while a bad one will react conversely.
Throughout the year there will be many experts who will give out some idea of horse that they fancy might win but you perhaps a quick look at our own Epsom Oaks tips pages may be an even better option. There is also an Epsom Oaks form page that includes race trends and other pointers to look out for
With all classic races we are delighted to offer you an Epsom Oaks free bet facility that you can use as you see fit. Maybe taking advantage of one of our tips or deciding who the winner will be yourselves, the process is very simple and a great service is guaranteed.
Epsom Oaks Trials
To get a good idea of who has performed well in the lead up to the Oaks take a look at our Oaks Trial Races section, which lists the top three runners in each of the major trials. Studying horses performances in the trial races is invaluable as it is an extremely good indicator of which fillies are performing well. It is vitally important that you also look at who they raced in the trial as this will put into context how well a particular horse ran.
Epsom Oaks Form Guide
Attempting to pick out the winner of the Epsom Oaks is a very tough process due to the nature of the wide open field. There are numerous factors to take into consideration and then of course there is the element of luck that can play a major part in the race. The various trials leading up to the big race give a small indication to which horses are performing to a high level and peaking at the right time.
However, many trainers like to keep the progress of their fillies quiet and therefore opt not to run in any of the tials, which adds more confusion and to an already complex matter. In our Epsom Derby Form review we analyse the horses aiming to make an impact at the Oaks and how their various preparations are going.
Epsom Oaks Runners 2016
The card for the Oaks constantly changes in the preceding weeks before the race so keep checking our Epsom Oaks Runners and page to see which horses are still in contention to start. On race day look at the Racecard page to see who will be starting the Oaks.
We provide you with a detailed account of some of the Previous Oaks Winners at the Oaks, dating back to the turn of the 21st Century. Make sure you take particular notice of the Top Trainers and Top Jockeys as this will give you come idea of who has a History of winning the Oaks.
Like the Derby, the Oaks is run over a distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs and 10 yards, and it always attracts a strong field of thoroughbred Oaks runners. Sponsored by Investec the race offers a generous purse of over Â£375,000. All runners in the Epsom Oaks are required to carry 9 stone in extra weight.