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Cazoo Oaks tips and horse by horse guide for all 14 Epsom runners

Aidan O’Brien trains five of the 14 declarations as he seeks a ninth win in the Cazoo Oaks.

They are headed by 1,000 Guineas fourth Santa Barbara and Snowfall, who earned her place with victory in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes.

Divinely, the sister of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Found, won a Group 3 last year and finished fourth in the Novibet Oaks Trial at Lingfield last month.

Willow and the maiden La Jaconde complete the Ballydoyle team.

Strong opposition for the second race in the Fillies & Mares category of the 2021 QIPCO British Champions Series comes from Roger Varian’s yard.

He saddles Teona, Zeyaadah and Save A Forest as he buds to improve on his best Oaks finish last year when Queen Daenerys took fourth.

Franny Norton makes his debut in the race on Dubai Fountain, the Mark Johnston-trained winner of the Cheshire Oaks, as does Hollie Doyle aboard Sherbet Lemon.

Jane Chapple-Hyam will saddle her first runner in Saffron Beach, who comes to the race after finishing a length second behind Mother Earth in the Guineas.

Technique, Ocean Road and Mystery Angel complete the field.

Cazoo Oaks runner guide

1. Divinely

A big market mover in recent days, Seamie Heffernan’s mount has been pleasing trainer Aidan O’Brien.

A daughter of Galileo, a sire who has produced three of the past five winners, Divinely is also a full-sister to Arc heroine Found.

Fourth in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, she should be seen to better effect in a truly run race, but she will need to take a step forward to win on ratings.

2. Dubai Fountain

A typically tough and consistent Mark Johnston horse, qualities that will stand her in good stead at Epsom.

She made all of the running to win at Chester, where the reopposing Zeyaadah finished runner-up.

Dubai Fountain (right) won the 2021 Weatherbys ePassport Cheshire Oaks

At the top of the ratings in the field, she brings Group form to the table and should give Franny Norton an excellent spin on his Oaks debut.

3. La Jaconde

Breeding looks positive for the trip but form less so, having plenty of ground to make up on Dubai Fountain.

Has not won a race yet either. Cannot make much of a case for her.

4. Mystery Angel

New trainer George Boughey is enjoying a fine season and the three-year-old has been a fine advertisement for his stable.

The winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes takes plenty of racing, with five runs under her belt already in the current campaign.

Mystery Angel won a Listed race at Newmarket

Fourth in the Musidora, she was supplemented as a result of the form she is in at home.

Her pedigree doesn’t guarantee stamina however and others are preferred.

5. Ocean Road

Typically slow to stride from the stalls, Oisin Murphy’s mount represents trainer Hugo Palmer, who saddled Architecture to finish second in 2016.

Exercised around Tattenham Corner recently, the daughter of Derby winner Australia was third on her reappearance.

Likely to improve plenty, she has to be more streetwise here in the biggest field she has raced among.

6. Saffron Beach

Saffron Beach has run all of her races at Newmarket

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s stable star was a solid second in the 1,000 Guineas behind Mother Earth.

Raced solely at Newmarket, she was two places ahead of Santa Barbara, who did not handle the undulations quite so well.

She has plenty of class and is a relaxed type, so the two-time winner may get the extra distance – and if that’s the case she’s in the mix on form.

7. Santa Barbara

The talking horse in the Guineas, she was no more than an encouraging fourth.

With just the one prior start, it was always a concern her lack of experience would catch her out.

Extremely well bred, by 2012 Derby winner Camelot and a sibling to four-time Group 1 heroine Iridessa, she is an ideal candidate for the race on paper.

If she can bring her home work to the track, fans could be in with a treat, but the percentage call is to oppose her given the nagging doubts about greenness.

8. Save A Forest

Went from a handicap to finishing second in a trial.

Will stay according to her CV, not as appealing as some though and price reflects that.

9. Sherbet Lemon

Would not be denied at Lingfield and gives Hollie Doyle her first ride in the race.

Priced at 28-1 that day, she excelled given the stamina test but is not guaranteed to confirm the form with Divinely – and perhaps Ocean Road too.

10. Snowfall

Noon Star and Teona were expected to highlight their Oaks credentials in the Musidora.

Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall (purple) won the 2021 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York

However they had no answer to Snowfall, under positive tactics from Ryan Moore.

Her main rivals were floored when experience counted and it’s very unlikely a Classic will develop in such a way.

11. Technique

Faded into seventh in her prep run, she has to put it behind her.

Second in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom in April, that confirms she handles the track but shouldn’t be troubling the judge handed a more difficult task.

12. Teona

Was expected to gallop into contention for this at York, until circumstances went against her.

Fractious at the start, the Ali Saeed-owned filly was keen which did not help matters.

This race has been the aim and her two runs at Newcastle hinted there was plenty more to come.

The daughter of Sea The Stars is an interesting runner with that outing under her belt.

13. Willow

Her dam Peeping Fawn almost won this in 2007 before she went on to take four Group 1s.

Has a maiden success to her name and has to step up to be involved.

14. Zeyaadah

Gave Dubai Fountain 3lb at Chester, when finishing a rather unlucky second.

That race has produced two out of the last four winners – and this filly has lots of potential.

Put in a powerful finish to defeat Mystery Angel last season and will stay.

Hard to fault and value against the favourite.

VERDICT: Zeyaadah is tipped to win, with Dubai Fountain and Teona to fill the places.




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