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2021 Cazoo Oaks at Epsom: the runners, the odds, the verdict

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Your guide to Friday's Cazoo Oaks (4.30), the fillies' Classic at Epsom that has given rise to a host of stars.


4.30 Epsom: Cazoo Oaks racecard and betting


1 Divinely

Beaten by three of Friday's rivals in Lingfield Oaks Trial but likely to come on from that run.

Trainer:Aidan O'Brien
Jockey:Seamie Heffernan
Odds:16-1

2 Dubai Fountain

Sent on over 2f out in Cheshire Oaks and held Zeyaadah, who gave 3lb, by a length; each-way claims.

Trainer:Mark Johnston
Jockey:Franny Norton
Odds:7-1

3 La Joconde

Fourth in the Cheshire Oaks but she was well adrift of Dubai Fountain and Zeyaadah.

Trainer:Aidan O'Brien
Jockey:William Buick
Odds:50-1

4Mystery Angel

Stuck on well to win Listed race at Newmarket (1m2f); held by Snowfall in the Musidora.

Trainer:George Boughey
Jockey:Ben Curtis
Odds:50-1

5 Ocean Road

Still looks promising following third in Lingfield Oaks Trial, coming from the back.

Trainer:Hugo Palmer
Jockey:Oisin Murphy
Odds:28-1

6 Saffron Beach

Plucky second in the 1,000 Guineas (1m, good to firm) suggests she will stay at least 1m2f.

Trainer:Jane Chapple-Hyam
Jockey:Adam Kirby
Odds:10-1

7 Santa Barbara

Co-favourite when narrowly denied for second in 1,000 Guineas, looking green under pressure.

Trainer:Aidan O'Brien
Jockey:Ryan Moore
Odds:9-4 favourite

8 Save A Forest

Second to Sherbet Lemon in the Lingfield Oaks Trial; it looks as if 1m4f will suit.

Trainer:Roger Varian
Jockey:Callum Shepherd
Odds:33-1

9 Sherbet Lemon

Stuck her neck out to win Lingfield Oaks Trial (11.6f, soft) from some Oaks rivals.

Trainer:Archie Watson
Jockey:Hollie Doyle
Odds:16-1

10 Snowfall

Revelation on return in Musidora at York (10.2f), dictating steady pace and drawing clear.

Trainer:Aidan O'Brien
Jockey:Frankie Dettori
Odds:13-2

11 Technique

Pipped in Listed race here (1m2f, good) in April but well held in the Lingfield Oaks Trial

Trainer:Martyn Meade
Jockey:Sean Levey
Odds:100-1

12 Teona

Needs to settle better and well held by Snowfall at York; could still be seriously classy.

Trainer:Roger Varian
Jockey:David Egan
Odds:10-1

13 Willow

Third in 1m2f Group 3 at Naas; her dam was second in the Oaks and won the Irish Oaks.

Trainer:Aidan O'Brien
Jockey:Wayne Lordan
Odds:20-1

14Zeyaadah

First defeat came in the Cheshire Oaks but she enhanced her claims with that performance.

Trainer:Roger Varian
Jockey:Jim Crowley
Odds:5-1


The verdict

Preference is for Cheshire Oaks principals Dubai Fountain and Zeyaadah, with the latter appearing the more exciting prospect.


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