ANTEPOST: Derby and Oaks

Published On April 12, 2017 | ANTEPOST


One of the world’s great races, won last year by Dermot Weld’s Aga Khan homebred Harzand. The Coolmore operation have their usual strong hand with 2000 Guineas favourite Churchill heading the embryonic Derby market from stablemates Capri, Cliffs Of Moher, Waldgeist & Sir John Lavery, each of them sons of the great Galileo. Away from the Coolmore battalions, John Gosden trains a couple of the dark horses in Tartini & Craftsman, while Godolphin may go searching for Epsom glory with the Hugo Palmer-trained Best Of Days.

Churchill 9/2
Cliffs Of Moher 10/1
Eminent 12/1
Cracksman 12/1
Sir John Lavery 14/1
Barney Roy 14/1
Rekindling 16/1
Akihiro 20/1
Waldgeist 20/1
Rivet 20/1
Yucatan 20/1
Tartini 20/1
Best Of Days 20/1
Mirage Dancer 20/1
Capri 22/1
Monarchs Glen 25/1
Crystal Ocean 25/1
Exemplar 25/1
Venice Beach 33/1
Atty Persse 33/1


The winner of the 2017 Oaks will have to go some to better or even match the exploits of last year’s outstanding winner Minding! Heading the list of those attempting to emulate other high class fillies Taghrooda, Snow Fairy & Ouija Board is the Fillies’ Mile winner Rhododendron, closely followed by the unbeaten pair Shutter Speed & Coronet. The market is as usual littered with unexposed fillies. such as Newmarket maiden winner Talaayeb & Luca Cumani’s 450,000gns purchase Aljezeera.

Rhododendron 6/1
Shutter Speed 7/1
Coronet 10/1
Hydrangea 12/1
Talaayab 16/1
Intricately 16/1
Crimson Rock 16/1
Promise To Be True 16/1
Sea Of Grace 20/1
Winter 20/1
Gemina 25/1
Rich Legacy 25/1
Bengala 25/1


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