With just over a week to go until the Investec Oaks, it’s past time to flick through the notebook for value picks among the girls at Epsom.
Here at news.ladbrokes, we’ve dug down into the data and come up with a cracking outsider, a filly that could go off favourite, and a John Gosden horse looking to extend a trend in Surrey.
Lively longshot – Malabar @ 40/1
We flagged up this Mick Channon runner straight after the 1000 Guineas, when she didn’t even attract a price from the bookies, as Malabar flashed home as strongly as any horse down the Rowley Mile, picking off a number of fancied types on the way to finishing a highly-respectable fourth.
The former Southampton forward-turned-handler has never trained a Classic winner, but has taken seven different Group 1 races in his 29-year career, including Newmarket’s Falmouth Stakes in 2010 with Music Show, so Malabar won’t be without a chance under regular jockey Martin Harley.
One from the top – Crystal Zvezda @ 9/2
Michael Stoute’s daughter of Dubawi has attracted plenty of support since putting a smart-looking field to the sword over 1m2f at Newbury earlier this month, and you won’t get a bigger price anywhere than the 9/2 on offer with Ladbrokes at present.
Ryan Moore will hop off to take the ride of 1000 Guineas winner and 7/2 jolly Legatissimo, but David Wachman’s inmate has had an up-and-down campaign, running a shocker first time out at Leapordstown before taking a weak race at Gowran Park en route to Newmarket.
At the odds, and taking into account that Crystal Zvezda has won over half-a-furlong further than Legatissimo’s longest victory, Stoute’s runner looks the best value of the short-priced fancies.
What the trends say – Jazzi Top @ 12/1
Two in a row may not be the strongest streak you’ve ever heard, but the past couple of winners of this race took Newbury’s Pretty Polly Stakes en route to Epsom, with last year’s victor Taghrooda also trained by John Gosden.
Jazzi Top saw off Dermot Weld hotpot Zannda by a length and a half in the 1m2f showpiece, and looks a big price in relation to 10/1 stablemate Star Of Seville, who only just beat Aidan O’Brien’s Together Forever last time out at York, despite receiving 4lbs from the runner up.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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