Epsom Downs

  • 16:00 Investec Oaks 1m 4f 10y

  • Winner £241,726 2nd £91,644 3rd £45,864 4th £22,847
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 42.00s
  • Off time: 16:04:33
16:00 Epsom Downs Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Talent 20/1
2nd Secret Gesture 3/1
3rd The Lark 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 11 Purple, White diamonds on sleeves, check cap Banoffee (IRE) 23
3 9-0 H Morrison K Fallon 93 7/18.00
2 (10) 53-212 Dark Blue, White sash and sleeves, quartered cap Gertrude Versed 23
3 9-0 J H M Gosden W Buick 89 25/126.00
3 (7) 1-1 LIGHT BLUE, light blue & yellow check cap Liber Nauticus (IRE) 16
3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 99 4/15.00
4 (11) 1-3 Yellow, Black and Yellow striped sleeves, White cap Madame Defarge (IRE) 26
3 9-0 M L W Bell T P Queally 90 16/117.00
5 (8) 24423-2 Dark green, red triple diamond, red cap Miss You Too 20
3 9-0 h D M Simcock I Mongan 93 40/141.00
6 (2) 53-13 Dark Blue Moth (IRE) 26
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 107 5/23.50
7 (9) 0112-0 Orange, purple cross belts Roz 26
3 9-0 H J L Dunlop Johnny Murtagh 104 40/141.00
8 (4) 6-21 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Say (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 92 12/113.00
9 (1) 21-1 Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Secret Gesture 20
3 9-0 R M Beckett Jim Crowley 111 3/14.00
10 (3) 31-1 Grey and White stripes, Red cap Talent 26
3 9-0 R M Beckett R Hughes 96 20/121.00
11 (6) 41-3 MAROON The Lark 14
3 9-0 M L W Bell J P Spencer 93 16/117.00

Verdict

This contest has thrown up a few surprises recently including Aidan O'Brien's second string in last year's renewal. But Say looks a long way behind stablemate Moth, third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket where Roz was well beaten. Moth is a leading contender along with the unbeaten Liber Nauticus, the workmanlike winner of the Musidora at York but potentially capable of much better, although Secret Gesture was the most impressive of the trial winners. She beat Miss You Too by 10 lengths at Lingfield and has outstanding claims ahead of Ralph Beckett's other filly, Talent, who got the better of Madame Defarge at Newmarket earlier this month. The latter's stable companion THE LARK has plenty to find on the face of it, but she may well have as much latent ability as her half-sister Sariska, who won this for Michael Bell in 2009, and has a sporting chance at a big price to prove it today. Banoffee adds to a fascinating Oaks as she beat Gertrude Versed in the Cheshire Oaks recently and Hughie Morrison went within a neck of winning this last year with Shirocco Star.