The Lancashire Oaks (Saturday 8 July, 2.40) is run at Haydock Park over a trip of 1 Mile 3 Furlongs and 175 Yards. It has been a Group 2 since 2004.
The last 4 winners have all been 4-year-olds, an age group that has won 7 of the 13 runnings since the race became a Group 2
John Gosden has won 3 of the last 6 renewals and, with a total of 6 winners, requires just one more winner to equal Henry Cecil as the leading all-time trainer
The draw appears to have no significance, with the last 10 winners all coming out of different stalls
SPs have ranged from 5/2 to 20/1
Mightily impressive when winning a Listed Race on her seasonal debut, but this 4-year-old has yet to win above Listed Class, and was only fifth on her only attempt in Group 2 company. Trainer Michael Stoute has won the race three times (1979, 1992 and 2006) but all his previous winners have been 3-year-olds. Top Haydock jockey Richard Kingscote is an interesting booking.
4-year-old who is another yet to win above Listed Class, but was second in a Group 2 at Royal Ascot last year. Beaten over course and distance last time in a Group 3.
4-year-old who won a maiden and 3 handicaps last year before finding Class 1 company too hot. Second over course and distance last time, but no Ryan Moore in the saddle here, and balance of form leaves her with something to find.
Lucy The Painter
Last win was a handicap off a mark of 84 and, having finished behind both Dubka and Ajman Princess over course and distance, and behind Abingdon this season, she shouldn’t be winning this.
The Black Princess
Finished just behind Ajman Princess when third at Royal Ascot last year, and could enjoy stepping-up to 12-furlongs again after already winning a Group 3 this year.
Won a weak Listed Race when stepped up to 10-furlongs on seasonal debut, and takes a further step up in trip here. Bit to find on the figures though.
12 Furlongs seemed to have suited her well on her last two starts, and her third behind Coronet and Mori at Royal Ascot last time looks decent form.
Winner of the Group 2 May Hill Stakes as a two-year-old, but found the tight turns of Chester too tough to handle on seasonal debut. Better last time when fourth in the Ribblesdale, just behind Hertford Dancer, and could improve again.
A field full of fillies with potential and, with 4-year-old having such a good recent record in the race, it would be no surprise if the likes of Abingdon or Ajman Princess took another step forward. However, John Gosden has such a good record in the race that it is likely this has been the target for The Black Princess for some time, and she gets a narrow vote over her fellow 4-year-olds.
The Black Princess : Each Way @ 11/2 Black Type, Bet365, BetVictor or PaddyPower