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2015 Investec Oaks runners facts and figures

| 05.06.2015

A look at some fact and figures surrounding the 11 runners that go to post for today’s Investec Oaks at Epsom (16.30).

Al Naamah
Breakfast With The Stars

Will be aiming to keep it in the family as half-sister Was won the 2012 Investec Oaks and uncle New Approach won the 2008 Investec Derby. Looking to recoup some of the 5,000,000 guineas that owner Joaan Al Thani paid for her at Tattersalls in 2013 – a world record price for a yearling filly.

Could give trainer Ralph Beckett his third winner of the Investec Oaks following Talent in 2013 and Look Here in 2008.

Crystal Zvezda
Her owner, Evelyn de Rothschild, will be looking to be the first member of his illustrious family to win the Investec Oaks since Baron Meyer de Rothschild landed the race with Hannah in 1871.

Chester Day 1

From a family that has done remarkably well in the Investec Oaks in recent times. Grand-dam Jude threw 2003 runner-up Yesterday, as well as All My Loving, who finished third in 2007. Jude also produced Diamondsandrubies’ dam Quarter Moon, who herself finished second behind Kazzia in 2002, and Betterbetterbetter, who was eighth in 2012.

Jack Naylor

Is named after owner Gerard Byrne’s grandson Jack, who passed away in 2013 and also Holby City character ‘Jac Naylor’ played by Rosie Marcell.

Jazzi Top
Her half-sister, Izzi Top, was third in the 2011 Investec Oaks for trainer John Gosden, who is aiming to become the first trainer to saddle back-to-back winners of the race since Henry Cecil trained Ramruna (1999) and Love Divine (2000) to win the fillies’ Classic.

Lady Of Dubai
Will be aiming to give her trainer, Luca Cumani, a unique double in the race, as his Fittocks Stud also bred the horse.

Newmarket 1000 Guineas

Is drawn in stall one, which has been the bogey draw in recent years. No filly has won the Investec Oaks from this box since Salsabil landed the race back in 1990.

The outsider of the field, Qualify will be the biggest priced winner of the Investec Oaks since Jet Ski Lady scored at 50/1 in 1991 should she win this year’s running.

Star of Seville
STAR OF SEVILLE with Frankie Dettori 1st  in Musidora Stakes at York 13-5-15.

Could become the seventh filly since 1960 to follow up success at York in the Musidora Stakes with victory in the Investec Oaks. Sariska (2009), Reams Of Verse (1997), Snow Bride (1989), Diminuendo (1988), Bireme (1980) and Noblesse (1963) all won on the Knavesmire prior to winning at Epsom.

Together Forever
Will be aiming to give jockey Joseph O’Brien his first success in the Investec Oaks. O’Brien is already a two-time winner of the Investec Derby (Australia in 2014 and Camelot in 2012).

Coral betting tip: Take tasty and superb odds of 7/3 for Crystal Zvezda to land the Oaks!



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.