The Epsom Oaks Stakes is a group one flat race which is open to three-year-old fillies and provides great value for internet customers in the UK searching for a profitable return from their online bookmakers.
Run each year over one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards, those seeking handsome returns from Epsom Oaks betting will have jumped for joy as Snow Fairy in 2010 stormed to victory under jockey Ryan Moore for trainer Ed Dunlop.
Epsom Oaks betting can be traced back to the first running of the race in 1779, one year before the introduction of the Derby Stakes. The Epsom Oaks is the third of five British races to be run during the year which are designated as Classic. These events are all restricted to three-year-olds, and two are reserved for fillies only – the 1,000 Guineas and the Oaks. These are the first two legs of the Fillies’ Triple Crown which is completed by the final classic, the St Ledger. Seven horses have won all three races, most recently Oh So Sharp in 1985.
The markets for Epsom Oaks betting open at the conclusion of the Guineas Classics, and those looking for early predictions of who will be among the front-runners and greatest value in their Epsom Oaks betting odds would do well to note around a third of the horses which place in the Guineas go on to win the race, a canny counter for those looking to place their Epsom Oaks bets.
Punters also need to look out for runners that have participated in the Musidora Stakes, another race offering a good guide for those looking to place a bet on a horse which is rated decent value for a bet on Epsom Oaks success.
Around 20 per cent of Musidora Stakes winners go on to finish in the winner’s circle in the Epsom Oaks, a useful guide for those making their horse racing betting. And there is more information to be gleaned by the canny predictor looking for history lessons.
Irish 1,000 Guineas winners have also performed well in the Epsom Oaks, winning the race in 1998 and 2001, another useful steer for those betting on Epsom Oaks success, why not take advantage of the free bet which many online bookmakers offer?
Other trial races to look out for when looking for reward from your Epsom Oaks bet include the Lingfield Oaks Trial (which has produced three Epsom Oaks winners), the Pretty Polly Stakes, Cheshire Oaks and the Fillies’ Trial Stakes – all good guides when it comes to Epsom Oaks betting.
Some promising opportunities on the Fillies’ Triple Crown are also available prior to the running and betting on Epsom Oaks front-runners.
Henry Cecil has all but made the race his own during the last two decades, and is the trainer to follow when you are placing your Epsom Oaks bet.
The veteran trainer has fielded seven Epsom Oaks winners since 1985 (including Oh So Sharp), and accomplished an impressive encore by winning the 2007 Epsom Oaks with Light Shift.
Horse racing betting can be as much a matter of instinct as form, but when it comes to Epsom Oaks betting, Cecil has proven himself to be the trainer to follow.
Only a handful of Epsom Oaks winners have gone on to win the Fillies’ Triple Crown, with Oh So Sharp being the last to claim the treble in 1985. More recently Ouija Board achieved an impressive career treble by winning the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and Prince of Wales’s Stakes, results worth noting when you place your Epsom Oaks bets.