The Oaks Preview : Magic Wand Can Be O’Brien’s Seventh Oaks Winner

Horse Racing Previews
Last Updated : 29th May, 2018 By Peter Roberts

Event Venue: Epsom Racecourse, Friday June 1st at 4.30pm. Live on ITV .

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The Oaks at Epsom on Friday looks wide open but as usual Aidan O’Brien will be well represented in this British Classic. The race is for fillies aged three and the distance is one mile and four longs on the unique track. The course is the ultimate test of a thoroughbred. Unlike the Derby for which fillies are eligible only female horses can run in the Oaks and Magic Wand could be the pick of the O’Brien runners. You can back Magic Wand or your own selection using a bookmaker horse racing free bet.  

He broke the record for Grade 1 and Group 1 winners in a calendar year in 2017. The Irish Guineas didn’t go his way but O’Brien trains Saxon Warrior who looks unbeatable in the Derby. The Oaks does not have a clear favourite but one of O’Brien’s runners could emerge from the pack and win the race. He has won the race six times in total from 1998 to 2016 and twice in the last three years. Ryan Moore has only ridden one of those winners but his mount in the Oaks could be informative. 

The trainer has some lovely fillies in his yard including Forever Together (15/2 with Betfair) and Magical who could contest the Oaks but Magic Wand has the best form. The horse was impressive in winning the Cheshire Oaks at Chester. O’Brien likes to run his Classic horses around the turns of the track at the May meeting and some of his Derby winners have appeared. Magic Wand produced a performance that suggested she can handle the undulations at Epsom and Chester had similar features. 

Forever Together was three and a half lengths adrift of Magic Wand (7/1 with Boylesports) at Chester but is now a shorter price for the Oaks. However, Magic Wand was green throughout the race and could improve for the run. Forever Together may have shown her best form which means the horse could come up short in the Oaks. Magic Wand is more about potential than runs on the track and that promise could be vindicated in the Oaks. Last year’s winner Enable went on to win the King George and the Arc.       

The 1,000 Guineas is often a good trial for the Oaks. The race is run over the straight Rowley Mile at Newmarket in contrast to the Oaks. However, balance is a key attribute in both races and Wild Illusion (4/1 with Ladbrokes) is the horse to take out of the first fillies Classic of the season. The horse should progress for that run and will be suited by the extra four furlongs. The trainer seems confident but more rain would help. 

The O’Brien horses in general and Magic Wand in particular will be hard to beat but the Classics test a horse in a way not experienced before. Perfect Clarity has the pedigree to win the race for the British trainer in Clive Cox. The filly has the same father as Enable and has won a recognised trial. The form is solid and the horse would be a worthy winner. However, MAGIC WAND Wand is the improving runner and can prevail.       

Freebets.org.uk Tip 

MAGIC WAND has the form and ratings to win the Epsom Oaks. 

Get odds of 7/1 on Magic Wand with Boylesports (£25 Free Bet, 18+, Ts & Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly)

 



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  • Only fillies aged three are eligible.
  • The race is run over one mile and four furlongs on the same course and distance as the Derby.
  • It’s the second leg of the fillies Triple Crown made up of the 1,000 Guineas and St Leger.
  • The key trials include the Pretty Polly Stakes Guineas, Musidora Stakes and Cheshire Oaks.
  • Eight winners since 1992 ran in the 1,000 Guineas but only Minding (2016) won both races.
  • The leading owner, trainer and jockey all date back to the 19th century.
  • Henry Cecil (8 wins) and Aidan O’Brien (6 wins) are the leading trainers since 1980.
  • Since 2000 the most successful jockeys are Kieran Fallon, Ryan Moore, and Frankie Dettori all with two wins.
  • The average price of the winners since 2008 is 13/1.
  • The Starting Price of the winners range from Evens to 33/1.  

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