The 2020 Yorkshire Oaks is the Group 1 highlight on Thursday’s Yorkshire Ebor Festival card at York. That race takes place over 1 mile 3 furlongs and 188 yards and has attracted a field of six runners.
The only 4-year-old in this year’s field Manuela De Vega has been in good form this season winning a Group 3 and a Group 2. But it took Enable to break a run of five consecutive wins in this race for the Classic generation. Older horses have won five of the last 11 editions, but Ralph Beckett’s charge has some way to go before being as good as the likes of Midday, The Fugue, and Dar Re Mi.
The last two of that trio were trained by John Gosden, who has saddled four of the last 11 winners, and he has two runners this year. Franconia is unbeaten in two starts this season and is the least exposed runner in the line-up. But the horse she beat by ¾-length last time had subsequently been beaten 34-lengths in the Oaks.
25-lengths in front of that horse in the Oaks was Frankly Darling, who had looked a potential superstar when winning at Royal Ascot. She was slightly disappointing in the Oaks but may prove better returned to this more conventional track. However, two of her rivals are rated above her.
One Voice is rated 4lb higher than Frankly Darling. She was raised 8lb for finishing second to Fancy Blue in a Group 1 at Goodwood over 10-furlongs and her stamina is unproven stepped up nearly two-furlongs in distance. If she does stay, the form of her last run looks strong, with another horse that had finished close-up behind Fancy Blue in the French Oaks again running well in the strongest Group 1 of the season in France last weekend.
Love must be our Yorkshire Oaks tip 2020. Aidan O’Brien’s 3-year-old is that highly regarded that she’s usurped Enable as favourite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and it’s easy to see why. Love sauntered away with the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. She then followed that success with a demolition job in the Oaks with a performance that suggested she would have won the Derby. Rated 8lb higher than the best of her rivals, and with the possibility of further improvement to come, expect the big hitters to bring wheelbarrows of cash to York to back this seriously talented mare.
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