Thursday, June 03, 2010

Epsom Oaks 2010

To paraphrase Martin Waller, City Diary columinst at The Times - Bing! Yet another email falls into my overflowing electronic intray...

This particular missive isn't one of the many I receive at regular intervals from person(s) unknown who inform me that I have either won $1,000,000 in a lottery I never entered or that a regal gentleman from a far-off land wishes to pay a similarly vast amount of money into my humble bank account. No, this mail originates from respected tipster Peter Naughton and offers a free Oaks preview - this looks of some considerable interest. The accompanying advertising encourages me to 'join the 10p line for as little as £4.50 a day' - confusing, I know, but I'm keen to read the free Oaks advice and I soon discover Peter predicts a 'massive' run from Sajjhaa but takes Marcus Tregoning's Rumoush to collect the big race spoils. In the ensuing interview, the trainer points out she has a great chance, has beaten the colts in the Gerry Fielden and says '... I know our filly picks up well and I'm fairly sure she will stay.'

In the past decade the market has proved a decent enough guide to the Oaks with the favourite / joint favourite collecting on six occasions. Rumoush is near the head of he market, although I am perturbed by her draw in stall two. Ideally, in both the Oaks and the Derby, I prefer a high-drawn horse - I feel that runners from the lower berths have to use up a little more petrol to get a good racing position in the early stages.

This year's Oaks is wide-open - on the back of the trainer's bullish comments I'm going to take Peter's advice and have a small win wager on Rumoush.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

This race will be remembered for a mercurial ride from Ryan Moore on Ed Dunlop's 9/1 winner Snow Fairy. Third from last entering the home straight, Moore weaved his way through the field to take it up inside the final furlong and hold 25/1 shot Meeznah a neck on the line.
Rumoush (13/2) didn't have the cleanest of runs and IMO wasn't best served by the draw; she stayed on to take a respectable fourth but couldn't quicken with the winner around the two furlong pole. Connections can have few complaints.