Swear by Vow to win the Oaks at Epsom

09:51 18 May 2012

Vow, ridden by Johnny Murtagh (second left) goes on to win the Betfred the Bonus King Oaks Trial Stakes during the Betfred Derby Trial Day at Lingfield Park Racecourse.

Vow, ridden by Johnny Murtagh (second left) goes on to win the Betfred the Bonus King Oaks Trial Stakes during the Betfred Derby Trial Day at Lingfield Park Racecourse.

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Vow impressed when winning the Betfred Oaks Trial at Lingfield on Saturday and is fancied to follow up in the Epsom Oaks on June 1, for which she is available at 6-1.

The William Haggas trained filly was always travelling well for jockey Johnny Murtagh and led into the straight, only to duck out and then back in again. Her inexperience seemed certain to have scuppered her chances of victory, but she dug in to win by three and a quarter lengths.

“It was very straightforward until the last furlong,” said Murtagh who knows the family well, having ridden her sire Motivator to victory in the 2005 Epsom Derby.

“I let her drift off the bend and she went out into the middle of the track and ducked to the right and when she saw the crowd she ducked to the left. It was only her second run and she was in the middle of the track and she is still a learner. Usually if they go OK at the two marker they will be okay (at Epsom) so hopefully she will handle it.”

There is little between the first three in the betting for the Oaks where yesterday’s Tattersalls Musidora Stakes winner, The Fugue, narrowly heads the betting with many firms and is best priced at 4-1.

The Aidan O’Brian stablemates Kissed and Maybe can be backed a 9-2 and the Ballydoyle trainer has confirmed that the Oaks as the target for both of them.

“Maybe and Kissed will go straight for Epsom and we could look at the race for Was, as well,” said O’Brien who won the Epsom Oaks in 2001 with Imagine and 2006 with Alexandrova.

“Wading didn’t come right in the spring and I don’t want to force her so I’d be surprised if she makes Epsom.”


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