The Yorkshire Oaks is the group-1 highlight of Ladies Day at York’s Ebor Meeting, and the race is run over 12-furlongs, and is open to 3-year-olds and older.
It was first run in 1849, but wasn’t granted Group-1 Status until 1971, and was eventually opened to older horses in 1991.
The last 10 renewals have been won by six 3-year-olds and four 4-year-olds, whilst Michael Stoute is the all-time best trainer with 9 wins, his last being in 2004. In the last decade, Aidan O’Brien has won 3 renewals, John Gosden 2, whilst jockey Kevin Manning has ridden two winners.
12 runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Yorkshire Oaks.
Endless Time 6/1
Finished last season with a Listed win, then won the Group-3 Lancashire Oaks on her seasonal debut last month. Could still have lots of improvement, and respected.
Last year’s Breeders Cup Turf winner is officially 5lb better than her nearest rival, and has been mixing it against Group-1 males this year so far. Obvious chance, and her jockey is 1/1/2 on her, with that defeat being to last year’s Derby winner Golden Horn.
Furia Cruzada 16/1
Finished second at Royal Ascot, but also filled that spot behind Endless Time at Haydock, and bids to be only the second winning 5-year-old this century.
Second in last year’s Galtres Stakes at this meeting, but needs to find improvement.
Loving Things 28/1
Third behind Endless Time at Haydock, and no obvious reason why she’ll close the gap.
Even Song 14/1
Seemed to relish the soft ground at Royal Ascot, but soundly beaten on a sound surface in the Irish Oaks, despite being sent off a short-priced favourite.
Fourth in the 1,000 Guineas, and second here in the Musidora. Seemed to enjoy 12-furlongs when winning Listed event last time, and each-way possibilities.
Third in both the Oaks and Irish Oaks, but disappointed when only filling the same position in a Group-3 latest.
Pretty Perfect 33/1
Group-3 winner this season, but poor in both the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Irish Oaks.
Queen’s Trust 7/1
Typical Sir Michael Stoute improver, but possibly flattered by her second to Minding last time, when the winner won as she liked.
Seventh Heaven 5/1
Lingfield Oaks Trial winner that flopped in the Oaks, however she made amends in style in the Irish Oaks, and could be dangerous now she’s found her form. Jockey bookings suggest that Found is stable number one though.
Turrett Rocks 40/1
Highly thought of, and highly-tried in finishing sixth, seventh and fourth in the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Irish Oaks. Could yet find some improvement for last year’s winning trainer/jockey combination.
Yorkshire Oaks Summary
Aidan O’Brien fires two useful arrows at the race in Found and Seventh Heaven, and he certainly knows what it takes to win this race. Preference is for Found though, whose overall form is far superior to that of her opponents.