Betterbetterbetter looks massive each-way Epsom Oaks value

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Ladbrokes are offering a non-runner money back promotion for both the Epsom Oaks and the Epsom Derby this year and this is an even greater reason to back Betterbetterbetter to win the former at 40/1.

The Epsom Oaks has an open look about it this year despite The Fugue in particular posting a noteworthy performance and there is a chance that one of the longer-priced runners can at least run into a place.

Maybe is the current favourite at 2/1, but this seems a short price for two leading reasons.

Firstly, Maybe has never won over a distance further than 7f and all of the last 16 Oaks winners have arrived at Epsom with a previous victory under their belts over 1m or further.

Secondly, she is without a victory this season, which is not generally eye-catching form for a market leader ahead of a Group One contest.

However, another of Aidan O’Brien’s runners Betterbetterbetter is worthy of each-way consideration.

The dam responsible for Betterbetterbetter is Jude and the three horses that she has previously had in the Oaks have all been placed – Quarter Moon was second in 2002, Yesterday filled the same place in the following year and All My Loving was third in 2007.

Furthermore, she seemed unsuited by the soft ground when collared on the line in the Cheshire Oaks and should be more at home on a firmer surface.

Meanwhile, it is worth noting that all of the last eight Oaks winners had previously finished in the top two in a recognised Oaks trial.

This statistic also brings in Shirocco Star, who at 20/1 could be another with each-way chances after taking second in the Sweetenham Stakes.

Shirocco Star will need to improve for this run, but a faster pace will suit and the fact that she possesses tactical speed will be of benefit at Epsom.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.