TIMEPIECE will be expected to win this with the minimum of fuss and is fancied to do so despite having something to find on the figures; the dangers are led by Prizefighting and Marie De Medici. The selection is amongst the leading fancies for the Oaks which is no surprise given her illustrious pedigree and performances on the track. Timepiece may have narrowly missed out on her debut but she made no mistake at the second time of asking before being made to pull out all the stops to land a Listed race over a mile with Marie De Medici back in fourth. She'll relish this slightly longer trip and is fancied to score but this is far from straightforwards and it won't be the end of the world if she's beaten. Prizefighting may have found the ground softer than ideal when fifth in a French Group 1 having won well on debut whilst Rumoush did everything asked of her at Lingfield and is preferred by Richard Hills to Mufarrh. The pick of Gallic Star's form brings her into the equation but Timepiece is expected to deliver on expectations.
Black Snowflake (USA) 12-1 (8-7) 4th of 12, 6l behind Frozen Power (8-7) at Meydan(UAE) 1m con stks gf in Mar.
Fighter Boy (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, strong headway well over 1f out, led on bit inside final furlong, hard held, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Amtaar (8-3) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mufarrh (IRE) 2-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, lead well over 2f out, pushed out final furlong, stayed on well, won at Leicester 7f mdn stks (4) gd in Oct beating Official Style (9-0) by 4l, 16 ran.
Prizefighting (USA) (8-13) 5th of 7, 7l behind Jan Vermeer (8-13) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m Grp 1 sft in Nov.
Stags Leap (IRE) 7-4fav (9-11) Led, pushed along over 2f out, soon strongly challenged, headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Exceedthewildman (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Gallic Star (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Held up, headway 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong to lead post, won at Pontefract 1m 2yo Listed stks (1) gf in Oct beating Tominator (9-2) by shd, 8 ran.
Timepiece 4-1 (8-12) Always prominent, led over 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept pressing, regained lead at post, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo lst fll (1) gd in Oct beating Nurture (8-12) by ns, 13 ran.
Marie De Medici (USA) (8-11) 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Sandbar (8-11) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f stk gs in Mar.
Rumoush (USA) 11-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders after 1f, good run on inside final bend, led soon after, ridden and ran green, stayed on, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Street Entertainer (9-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.