Having been sent off the 6/5 favourite in Wednesday’s Cheshire Oaks, Wonder Of Wonders duly obliged favourite backers with a performance that has everyone talking.
AP O’Brien’s three-year-old is now 8/1 (from 14/1) in the Oaks betting after an impressive two and three-quarter length victory and the way he quickened and stayed over the last two furlongs suggests the extra furlong in the Oaks should prove no problem.
The win was Wonder of Wonders’ second consecutive victory and her first victory under the ride of Ryan Moore, but whether or not the three-time Champion Jockey will ride Wonder of Wonders in the Oaks remains to be seen.
Moore was impressed with the performance of the filly and after the race said: “She travelled very well, quickened very well and won easily.”
“Michael Hills stacked us right up down the far side and quickened away well but my filly has more class. She’s well balanced and wouldn’t have any trouble at Epsom.”
Light Shift is the only horse to have won both the Cheshire Oaks and the Epsom Oaks in the same year (2007), with a time of 2.40.38s.
While the Cheshire Oaks is a furlong shorter than the Oaks, Wonder Of Wonders finished the 1m3½f race in a time of 2.24.81s suggesting the three-year-old can match Light Shift’s time in the Oaks.
The fastest winning time of the Oaks is 2.34.19s set by Intrepidity in 1993 and Wonder Of Wonders faces some tough horses in the Oaks betting, currently headed by 1000 Guineas winner Blue Bunting at 5/2.
Havant (6/1) stands between the favourite and Wonder Of Wonders, although Together is also available at 10/1 as the Oaks betting starts to heat up with just a month until the third Classic.
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