Epsom Oaks Tips | 1st June 2018
All eyes are on Epsom this week and racing tipster Graeme Johnston offers his thoughts on every runner in Friday’s Epsom Oaks and picks his 1-2-3.
Wild Illusion: Her group one win at 2 is the best individual piece of form in the field and her third in the 1000 Guineas means she is the one to beat. She should stay well, but the recent rain may make it more of a stamina test than she wants.
Magic Wand: Took her form to a whole new level at Chester last time when a facile winner of a trial and looks Ballydoyles number one on jockey bookings. She encounters very different ground here but is high on any shortlist.
Forever Together: a well bred inexperienced filly, she is very much open toany amount of improvement. She has a bit of ground to find with Magic Wand but I wouldn’t be surprised if she finished a lot closer here.
Bye Bye Baby: Plenty of experience bit she’s still improving, this daughter of Galileo does have soft ground form to her name which is a huge positive here. Likely to be prominent throughout she has place prospect at the very least.
Perfect Clarity: The only unbeaten runner in the field she was a good winner of the Lingfield Oaks trial last time out. I don’t have any doubts about her stamina however I fear the ground could be her undoing.
Give and Take: Won the Musidora which is normally a good trial but there are doubts over the strength that race this year. I doubt whether 12 furlongs here in what should be a strongly run race on soft ground will suit her.
I Can Fly: sent off at only 7/1 for the 1000 Guineas she was well beaten that day. She’s another who the ground over this trip is an unlikely winner.
Ejtyah: Only her third start and her third last time at York showed there is plenty of promise in her. She will improve for that but I think this is too soon for her.
Flattering: Third in the Lingfield race won by Perfect Clarity she was a wide margin winner of her maiden on heavy and I’m surprised by her price. With last year’s Derby winning jockey on board she’s an each way possibility.
A field that doesn’t have real star quality about it you could make a case for most of these on their day. The ground is going to put a huge amount of emphasis on stamina and I’ve backed who I think will handle the conditions rather than who I think is the best filly, and it looks like another race that Aidan O’Brien will dominate to me.