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  • 15:40 Darley Yorkshire Oaks 1m 4f

  • (British Champions' Series) (Fillies' Group 1) £310,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £175,801 2nd £66,650 3rd £33,356 4th £16,616
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 35.34s
  • Off time: 15:40:41

Full result

15:40 York Result 18th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (6) Blue Bunting (USA) 8-11 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 3 11/4f
opened 11/4 touched 3/1 £6000-£2000 £3000-£1000(x7) £11000-£4000 £2200-£800
2nd (9) ¾ Vita Nova (IRE) 9-7 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 4 9/2
opened 4/1 touched 9/2 £5000-£1000 £2000-£400 £4500-£1000 £4000-£1000
3rd (1) Wonder of Wonders (USA) 8-11 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 8/1
opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £10000-£1200
4th (2) 2 Crystal Capella 9-7 K Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 6 3/1
opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £3000-£900 £1666-£500 £1000-£300(x2) £12000-£4000 £3000-£1000(x7) £1500-£500(x2) £1200-£400 £900-£300
5th (7) ¾ Banimpire (IRE) 8-11 K J Manning J S Bolger 3 6/1
opened 13/2 touched 13/2 £5000-£750 £3250-£500
6th (8) Brushing 9-7 P Hanagan M H Tompkins 5 50/1
opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th (5) 14 Rumh (GER) 8-11 William Buick Saeed bin Suroor 3 66/1
opened 66/1 touched 66/1
8th (3) 10 Laughing Lashes (USA) 8-11 F M Berry Mrs J Harrington 3 7/1
opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £5000-£550
NR (4) Snow Fairy (IRE) 9-7 Non Runner E A L Dunlop 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.90 Tote Place: £1.30,1.70,1.90
Straight Forecast: £14.56 Exacta: £14.10 Trifecta: £63.80 Swingers: 1&2:3.50 2&3:4.50 1&3:2.90

Jackpot: £39,875.18 carried forward to York, 19th Aug
Placepot: £841.20, Pool: £285220.03, 247.5 winning tickets
Quadpot: £46.30, Pool: £16914.78, 269.84 winning tickets

Verdict

It emerged after the race that BLUE BUNTING is in season. Whenever she becomes a mum she looks sure to be a cracker if performances like this are anything to go by, as she showed guts, tenacity, and talent in abundance, to win her third Group 1 of the year, and second Oaks of the season. She was held up by Frankie Dettori off an honest enough pace and he brought her to the far side to make her challenge. She got a nice clear run, and moved through to share the lead nearly three furlongs out. From that point she got into a prolonged battle with Vita Nova and Wonder Of Wonders, and once the latter had dropped away, she then had Sir Henry Cecil's filly to beat. With her ears pricked, and dossing slightly when in front, she eventually battled clear and was well on top come the line. Connections suggest she will run in the St Leger next, which is an interesting move, however the race should be right up her street. She likes a battle according to her jockey, and the longer trip shouldn't inconvenience her; she looks top drawer. Whether this will go down as a vintage Yorkshire Oaks is probably doubtful. The runner-up is a very progressive filly who has risen up from handicaps to Group 1's, and she ran a career-best here, but both Crystal Capella and Laughing Lashes were well below-par, and the race was weakened by the absence of Snow Fairy. However the first two looks classy, and the runner-up deserves plenty of credit. No hard luck stories as at Haydock, but she held every chance two furlongs out but just bumped into a better filly on the day. The fact that three-year-old's filled the places suggests that the 10lbs age allowance is generous enough, but there is little doubt that Crystal Capella didn't run her race. She pulled far too hard early on, was off the bridle before the turn for home, and was then steered up the back of Banimpire when trying to wind up for a challenge. For a long-striding stayer that was inexcusable and she could only plod on at the one pace. She needs softer ground to be at her best, and the absence of Ryan Moore, who knows her so well, was a big negative. Wonder Of Wonders ran well in third. She was in a prominent position early, along with Vita Nova, and moved into the lead with half a mile to go travelling as well as anything. She seemed to waver when challenged for the lead with two to run but to her credit she rallied well and was well-clear of the fourth home. Banimpire couldn't match her earlier efforts this season and may just be in need of a well-earned rest, whilst Brushing wasn't beaten too far and is game, if somewhat lacking at this top level. Laughing Lashes, who had looked unlucky behind Blue Bunting at the Curragh, looked well-beaten from a long way out and was eased significantly. She is better than this effort might suggest.