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Epsom Downs

  • 16:05 Investec Oaks 1m 4f 10y

  • (Fillies' Group 1) £350,000 added 3yo 12 ran
  • Winner £207,842 2nd £78,798 3rd £39,435 4th £19,644
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 38.68s
  • Off time: 16:08:39

Full result

16:05 Epsom Downs Result 1st June 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (10) Was (IRE) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 20/1
Tracked leading pair, led on inside over 2f out, driven out and stayed on well final furlong opened 18/1 touched 20/1
2nd (8) nk Shirocco Star 9-0 D Holland H Morrison 3 16/1
Mid-division, steady headway on outside 3f out, went 3rd inside final 2f, stayed on to chase winner 1f out, kept on in closing stages, always just held opened 14/1 touched 16/1 £5000-£300
3rd (2) ½ The Fugue 9-0 W Buick J H M Gosden 3 11/4f
Held up in mid-division badly hampered and nearly brought down 9f out, lost place and towards rear, steady headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd final 50 yards and closing, not recover opened 11/4 touched 3/1 £90000-£3000 £6000-£2000 £3000-£1000(x5) £11000-£4000 £1500-£500(x6)
4th (3) 1 Vow 9-0 Johnny Murtagh W J Haggas 3 9/2
Tracked leading trio, went 2nd approaching final 2f, no impression when dropped to 3rd 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 50 yards opened 4/1 touched 5/1 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500 £4500-£1000(x2)
5th (11) 2 Maybe (IRE) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 10/3
Towards rear when hampered 9f out, headway on outside 2f out, driven in 5th over 1f out, no impression final furlong opened 11/4 touched 10/3 £7000-£2000 £15000-£5000 £9000-£3000 £6000-£2000 £3000-£1000(x4) £1500-£500(x6)
6th (5) 2 Coquet 9-0 R Havlin H Morrison 3 18/1
Towards rear, hampered on inside 9f out, swithed to inside and staying on when badly hampered again on inside 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to recover opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th (13) nk Kailani 9-0 M Barzalona M Al Zarooni 3 6/1
In rear, badly hampered 9f out, pushed along and struggling on downhill run 5f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no threat opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £18000-£2000
8th (7) nk Betterbetterbetter (IRE) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 22/1
Took keen hold towards rear, switched left and hampered rivals 9f out, hung left over 2f out, soon no impression, weakened over 1f out opened 20/1 touched 22/1
9th (4) Colima (IRE) 9-0 Jim Crowley R M Beckett 3 20/1
Close up in 5th, pushed along over 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £20000-£900
10th (12) Devotion (IRE) 9-0 R Hughes A P O'Brien 3 33/1
Held up in rear, hampered 9f out, no impression when not clear run over 2f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
11th (1) Twirl (IRE) 9-0 P J Smullen A P O'Brien 3 25/1
Led 2f, chased leader until hung left approaching final 2f, ridden hung left and weakened well over 1f out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
12th (9) ½ Nayarra (IRE) 9-0 M Dwyer M R Channon 3 50/1
Took keen hold, tracked leader, led 10f out and set steady pace, headed over 2f out, weakening when not much room on rails 2f out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
NR (14) Kissed (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore A P O'Brien 3
NR (6) Toptempo 9-0 T E Durcan M H Tompkins 3 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££6.60,£3.50,£1.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£20.50 2&3:£8.10 1&3:£12.40

Jackpot: £24,736.82 carried forward to Epsom Downs, 2nd Jun
Placepot: £135.30, Pool: £241723.19, 1303.55 winning tickets
Quadpot: £32.00, Pool: £13292.44, 306.51 winning tickets


It was a rough race with the two market leaders suffering more than most and The Fugue will be the filly that many feel should have been wearing the crown this evening. She had to be snatched up quite badly, losing a handy position in the process but had plenty of time to recover in a slowly run race and might well have finished closer if remedial action had been taken earlier; although that can only be conjecture as she'd have had to challenge wide on the track in order to do so. Mickael Barzalona was the meat in the sandwich between Maybe and Devotion when appearing to do no more than try and hold his position and Kailani struggled thereafter. The action, meanwhile, was unfolding in front of them with the race dominated by those that raced prominently. WAS did well to get across from a high draw and was settled just behind the free-running Nayarra and stablemate Twirl and was perfectly positioned throughout by the experienced Seamie Heffernan. She got a lovely split up the inside and, with the rail to help, kept to her task well and she had just enough in hand to repel the late lunge of Shirocco Star. This was a huge step up from her reappearance run but the market suggested that she was expected to need that having suffered a setback in the spring and she had clearly come on in leaps and bounds. The runner-up had looked the best horse in the race when beaten at Newbury with Darryll Holland delaying his challenge and he didn't go for everything here as soon as the winner. She didn't appear to be making any inroads into the deficit until closing the gap in the shadow of the post and, in hindsight, her jockey may have wished that he'd got after her a little earlier. That's not to say that she was unlucky as she had plenty of time to get past but couldn't quicken as effectively as her rival; connections felt that she would have been better suited by a stronger gallop and that she raced more prominently than they'd have preferred due to the slow pace - others may have wished that they'd adopted a similarly bold policy. Easy Musidora winner, The Fugue, was flying close home and it's not difficult to think that she'd have won with a clear passage. Vow had every chance having been well placed throughout but didn't quicken in the manner that Johnny Murtagh had expected. She was noticeably green on both previous starts, however, and it was probably that inexperience that cost her in this stronger company. She can continue to improve and may well be able to win at this level before the season's out. Maybe stayed on resolutely having been held up in a share of last and getting involved in plenty of scrimmaging. This was a step forwards from her run in the Guineas but she is a straightforward ride, a galloper rather then one who quickens and may have benefited from being ridden more prominently. The outside draw was certainly not a help in that regard but the winner was only one box inside her; it's possible that she was ridden more conservatively to preserve her stamina which was far from guaranteed at this trip. It will be interesting to see which route connections take her down now. Coquet is a tough filly with a great attitude and is another that would have finished closer with a clear run. She tried to follow the winner through but was stopped in her tracks by the weakening Nayarra and did remarkably well to quicken again which is often the sign of a decent performer; she's progressive and worth another chance at this level. A line can be put through Kailani's run as she held little chance after the early interference; a return to an easier surface may suit. Betterbetterbetter, who was involved in the incident with The Fugue, held every chance and did little for the Chesire Oaks form. Colima failed to improve as expected from Lingfield and was disappointing.