Secret Gesture and Moth are both well fancied at the head of the Epsom Oaks betting, but in what looks a fairly open race, there is plenty of value to be found among those at longer odds.
The pair are drawn in stalls one and two respectively, so the early exchanges could prove pivotal in terms of race positioning, with Secret Gesture arguably running the most impressive trial in winning at Lingfield, although Moth’s third in the 1,000 Guineas appears the best form brought to the table.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that stall one in particular has proved a bit of a curse as not since 1990 has a horse even placed from this draw in the Oaks.
There certainly appear to be some entrants open to further improvement down the betting, who could spring a surprise and it should be remembered that the last two winners have been sent off at 20/1.
Say @ 9/1
Say began her career in the same Dundalk maiden as Moth and finished only a neck adrift of her stable companion that day.
She then returned in another maiden that didn’t play to her strengths over 1m2f as it turned into too much of a sprint finish. Say has always looked as if a faster-run race over 1m4f is what would suit her most and she should get this at Epsom.
Say is also ridden by Seamie Heffernan, who partnered Was to victory last year for the same connections.
Madame Defarge @ 25/1
Madame Defarge can be classed as slightly unfortunate to have finished third in the Pretty Polly Stakes as there is no argument that her charge up the rail was in some way thwarted by the drifting across of the eventual second Lady Nouf.
The slightly softer ground here should be of added assistance and assuming that she is not as green as on her two previous career starts, she is certainly capable of sneaking into a place.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publication