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Epsom Oaks Betting Odds 2020
3.40pm TODAY, Saturday July 4, 2020; Epsom; click best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/5 odds 1,2,3.
2020 Oaks Preview & Odds Guide: All You Need Is Love
Love won the 1000 Guineas and is a worthy favourite for the Oaks. On ratings and form the Aidan O’Brien trained runner can justify that status and win the Classic for fillies over one mile and four furlongs at Epsom Racecourse on Saturday. Passion can make the payout places for the Irish trainer.
The Pattern schedule has been subject to change and the Oaks usually takes place on the first Friday in June. Punters are not able to digest the form from recognised trials which means the 1,000 Guineas is an even more important guide. Love won the contest over the straight Rowley Mile at Newmarket and can complete the second leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown in the Oaks.
The St Leger is the third leg, run at Doncaster in September over one mile and six furlongs. A horse must excel from 8 to 14 furlongs and usually from the spring to the autumn. Only nine horses have achieved the feat, most recently Oh So Sharp in 1985. Love’s run in the 1,000 Guineas suggests the trip in the Oaks will be well within her compass and a win could mean all roads lead to Doncaster.
Love doubters will tell you the three horses that finished behind her in the Guineas were beaten at Royal Ascot. However, they all ran to their Guineas form and were beaten by better horses. In fact, Quadrilateral’s run behind Alpine Star in the Coronation Stakes boosted Love’s form at Newmarket. Under The Stars was nine and a quarter lengths adrift in sixth place in the Guineas and then was an impressive winner of a good Listed race at Haydock.
Love’s win in the Guineas was the best form shown by a filly aged three this season. The extra four furlongs of the Oaks should not be an issue as Love has siblings who won over one mile and four furlongs and one mile and six furlongs. On breeding the horse has the profile to win the Oaks and successfully go up in trip to complete the Triple Crown in the St Leger. O’Brien has an excellent recent record in the Oaks with seven wins. In 2016 he trained Minding to complete the Guineas/Oaks double that is on the cards for Love.
Ryan Moore is the O’Brien stable’s number one jockey and will ride the trainer’s best prospect in the Oaks. Moore was aboard Love when she won the Guineas and is almost certain to stay loyal. Seamie Heffernan would usually get the next pick followed by the trainer’s son, Donnacha. Riding arrangements are often clues to the pecking order but O’Brien may only employ riders based in the UK. After Moore, jockey plans will not categorically reveal the perceived second string.
However, there is no doubt that Love is the most likely winner of the Oaks for the trainer and the Coolmore owners. On official ratings, Passion would not need too much improvement to be placed and the each-way price in the Epsom Oak odds table above offers some value. The horse has to find four and a half lengths with Frankly Darling from Royal Ascot. That is a big ask but Passion has the potential to make the frame.
John Gosden has won the Oaks three times in the last six years. He has excelled with the 2017 winner, Enable, who stays in training and runs in the Eclipse at Sandown on Sunday. Frankly Darling is unlikely to be as good as the two time winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but can chase home Love in the Oaks. Gosden and O’Brien have shared Oaks’ honours since 2014.
The Gosden Oaks runner is priced more on potential than proven form on the track. She has the scope to improve from her win in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. There are also some doubts about the level of form from that race and winning the Oaks looks beyond Frankly Darling. Therefore, Love has the profile to conquer all at Epsom and win her second Classic. Keep an eye on her latest Oaks odds in the comparison table above.