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Epsom Downs

  • 16:05 Investec Oaks 1m 4f 10y

  • (Fillies' Group 1) £325,000 added 3yo 13 ran
  • Winner £184,502 2nd £69,940 3rd £35,002 4th £17,452
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 41.73s
  • Off time: 16:05:57

Full result

16:05 Epsom Downs Result 3rd June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (7) Dancing Rain (IRE) 9-0 J P Murtagh W J Haggas 3 20/1
Made all, set steady pace, quickened 3f out, ridden and found extra inside final furlong opened 20/1 touched 25/1 £5000-£200
2nd (12) ¾ Wonder of Wonders (USA) 9-0 K Fallon A P O'Brien 3 3/1
Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, driven to challenge inside final furlong, not quicken near finish opened 10/3 touched 10/3 £7000-£2000(x3) £3500-£1000 £1750-£500 £60000-£18000
3rd (2) 4 Izzi Top 9-0 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 25/1
Close up, ridden 3f out, chased leading pair 2f out, stayed on final furlong opened 33/1 touched 33/1
4th (6) s.h Blue Bunting (USA) 9-0 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 3 9/4f
Held up in touch, switched right 3f out, soon ridden, headway over 1f, went 3rd inside final furlong, eased final strides and lost 3rd opened 9/4 touched 5/2 £5000-£2000(x5) £2500-£1000(x2) £2000-£800(x4) £1250-£500 £4500-£2000 £2700-£1200
5th (4) Misty For Me (IRE) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 5/1
Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, one pace final furlong opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £10000-£1200 £12000-£2000
6th (3) ½ Beatrice Aurore (IRE) 9-0 T E Durcan J L Dunlop 3 20/1
Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, kept on, not trouble leaders opened 16/1 touched 20/1 £20000-£1000
7th (5) Siren's Song (IRE) 9-0 F M Berry Mrs J Harrington 3 16/1
Keen held up, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £20000-£1000 £10000-£600
8th (10) Eirnin (IRE) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 100/1
In rear, never near leaders opened 100/1 touched 100/1
9th (8) Zain Al Boldan 9-0 S Hitchcott M R Channon 3 10/1
Held up, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders opened 10/1 touched 10/1
10th (9) s.h Havant 9-0 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3 7/1
Held up, bumped and hampered 3f out, never dangerous opened 13/2 touched 7/1
11th (13) Blaise Chorus (IRE) 9-0 M Hills B W Hills 3 66/1
Keen held up, headway to track leaders 8f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 66/1 touched 80/1
12th (11) Why (IRE) 9-0 M Barzalona A P O'Brien 3 100/1
Always in rear opened 100/1 touched 100/1
13th (1) 41 Fork Handles 9-0 J P Spencer M R Channon 3 40/1
Always towards rear opened 66/1 touched 66/1 £40000-£400

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £29.20 Tote Place: £4.40,2.00,7.20
Straight Forecast: £76.36 Exacta: £147.10 Trifecta: £1,314.00 Swingers: 1&2:16.70 2&3:18.20 1&3:33.70

Jackpot: £31,019.44 carried forward to Epsom Downs, 4th Jun
Placepot: £46.20, Pool: £209311.39, 3301.46 winning tickets
Quadpot: £9.60, Pool: £10559.29, 809.94 winning tickets

Verdict

A bouquet to Johnny Murtagh for a canny front-running ride aboard DANCING RAIN and brickbats for the remaining 12 jockeys who allowed the pair such an easy time of things up front. The winner had looked in need of a stronger pace and this step up in trip when going down narrowly to Izzi Top who had got first run on her at Newbury in a tactical race. Murtagh was allowed to settle his filly in front here and gradually built up a three of four length lead without being harried at any stage. He wound the pace up as they moved downhill on the turn for home with all the other jockeys still biding their time in behind and built up a crucial advantage and he had kept enough up his sleeve for Dancing Rain to respond and pull out more when challenged. She may have got the run of the race but nothing should be taken away from the filly who has made rapid strides in a short space of time and settled far better than she had at Newbury. She can improve again and the Irish Oaks (for which she'd need to be supplemented) next month would be an obvious next step. Wonder Of Wonders (ridden by Kieren Fallon who had ridden the winner on her seasonal reappearance) had raced prominently and was best placed to give chase; she momentarily looked like getting past but appeared to hold her head a little high and may have been struggling to handle the cambers. For all that, she kept on well and pulled a long way clear of the third in emulating her dam who was also runner-up in this race. Blue Bunting did best of those held-up and should have been third but for Frankie Dettori easing her down far too soon (for which he picked up a 10 day ban) and she deserves credit for the performance having never been in a position to land a blow. She was trapped in midfield and Dettori performed a fairly drastic manoeuvre in nudging Havant out of the way approaching the three pole to give himself the room to launch a challenge down the centre of the track; she took a little time to pick up but eventually made up plenty of ground. Izzi Top has made rapid strides since proving slightly disappointing on her second start of the season. She wasn't entirely certain to see out this longer trip and elements of her pedigree suggest that she may well prefer some ease in the ground and not come into her own until next season. She benefited from racing prominently and didn't see out this trip as well as the other principals and will fare better over shorter at present. Misty For Me was another uncertain stayer and probably didn't really get the trip despite proving able to keep the challenge of Beatrice Aurore at bay as she was readily left behind by Izzi Top in the final two furlongs. However, it is possible that her win in the Irish 1000 Guineas 12 days ago had taken something out of her. Beatrice Aurore got a dream run through on the rails but couldn't quicken with the principals whilst Siren's Song - the least experienced in the field - picked up well in the straight and would be of interest at this level over this trip granted a stronger pace. Zain Al Boldan, so impressive in the Lingfield trial, never managed to get out of the rear of the field and - for all that the trial form may not have been the strongest - may have run a little bit flat as the turn of foot she had shown last time was absent. Havant had appeared to run quite a nice trial in the 1000 Guineas and was expected to step up on that with the yard in better form. She may well have found the ground on the fast side for her as it was at Newmarket (her juvenile form all came with cut) and certainly wouldn't have been helped by receiving a hefty bump from Blue Bunting which forced her off an even keel. She didn't really make any significant ground up in the straight but didn't look entirely at ease on the track. She may well need a little more time and it would be no surprise to see her live up to the promise of her two year old campaign in the second half of the season granted more suitable conditions.