Given the current uncertainty regarding when horse racing may resume, there are no official entries for the Oaks, the scheduled fourth British Classic of the summer.
With that in mind, trying to predict what may run is a precarious exercise.
But, in the final part of his Classic analysis, SAM TURNER (Robin Goodfellow) highlights half a dozen exciting three-year-old fillies who appear likely types to contest a race of that nature in what remains of this season.
Frankie Dettori guided Anapurna to 2019 victory but this year’s running of the Oaks is in doubt
Born With Pride (20-1) – Trained by William Haggas
As a close relation of the highly-talented Raheen House, there should be little doubt a mile and a half is well within the compass of Born With Pride in the forthcoming months.
A narrow winner of a heavy ground Newmarket Listed event on debut, the daughter of Born To Sea belied a lack of confidence in the market (sent off 20-1) to overcome rivals with more experience in game fashion.
There was plenty to admire in the performance as she cut out most of the running, handled the The Dip and the heavy ground well and fought off a couple of late challengers. Her breeding and confirmation suggests she is the perfect candidate for a race like the Oaks.
Declaring Love (No prices available) – Trained by Charlie Appleby
The decision to add Declaring Love to the Irish Oaks field when entries were made last November, suggests whatever has kept the Dubawi filly off the track since May 2019 is not terminal.
It is a shame she hasn’t been seen since finishing an honourable third to two subsequent Royal Ascot winners in Daayeh and Raffle Prize, especially as that six-furlong trip would have been too much of a speed test for a filly boasting plenty of stamina in her pedigree.
Hopefully, the Charlie Appleby team have nursed her back to full fitness and we get to see her advertise her talents.
Domino Darling (14-1) – Trained by William Haggas
Closely related to the useful stayer Namibian, Domino Darling proved narrowly too strong for fellow Golden Horn filly, Gold Wand, when the duo met at Doncaster last October.
Neither fillies appeared to be relishing the deep conditions that day but both displayed smashing attitudes and no little ability to pull five lengths clear of Wonderful Tonight at the line.
The latter filly subsequently won her maiden in France to hand the form some solidity and Domino Darling looks just the type to relish middle distances this season.
Frankly Darling (66-1) –Trained by John Gosden
Considerately handled on her Yarmouth debut, Frankly Darling appears just the type to make a very useful three-year-old.
Like many of her sire Frankel’s progeny, John Gosden’s filly looks like middle distances will suit her ideally this term as she galloped on steadily once headed on debut, having travelled well throughout.
Related to Dawn Horizons and First In Line, Frankly Darling is bred to be useful at middle distances and she shouldn’t be long in shedding her maiden tag before progressing into pattern races.
Gold Wand (33-1) – Trained by Roger Varian
Trying to make all of the running on the Doncaster’s straight mile is an exacting task, not least for a filly making her debut so it was to Gold Wand’s credit she was only beaten a neck on heavy ground last October.
The market indicated the daughter of Golden Horn had displayed plenty of talent on the Newmarket gallops and, although that support was ultimately fruitless, it must surely be a case of money lent as she is reported to have wintered well and can take high rank in staying contests.
Pocket Square (No price available) – Trained by Roger Charlton
There is a live chance, given Pocket Square has already won in France and her trainer is responsible for Quadrilateral, that the Night Of Thunder filly may be kept apart from her talented stablemate.
However, with travel restrictions a possibility, a return across the Channel may not be an option so the Oaks could be on the agenda for a filly which wound up her juvenile campaign with a strong staying performance at Deauville in October.
She handles all ground and is bred to get 12 furlongs well, so would make some appeal stretching out in trip this year.