The Investec Oaks 2014
Following my posting of the early Derby contenders, I have listed below six of the best in the Oaks line up – a far more open affair than this years Derby. To set the standard, I have featured below, the 2004 winner, Ouija Board, who incidentally, is the dam of the current Derby favourite Australia.
From the list that follows you will see that Godolphin’s Ihtimal is the most experienced, winning four of his eight races, including the UAE 1,000 Guineas and the UAE Oaks. However, eight races for a Classic-bound two-year-old might not convince the purists.
My Titania, by Sea The Stars, looks a more serious contender – trained by John Oxx and winner of the Park Stakes at The Curragh. While Tapestry, by Galileo, is trained by Aidan O’Brien and has been a long time favourite for the race, since finishing second to Rizeena in the Group 1, Moyglare Stakes.
Bracelet, by Montjeu and Taghrooda, by Sea The Stars, have both won their Maidens, while Luca Cumani’s Volume comes via a competitive Nottingham Nursery.
No doubt, in such an open year, others will enter the picture, but until then, the following list will give you a headstart.