As Steven Dowler continues to look forward to the return of flat racing, he’s put together a list of seven of the greatest Epsom Oaks winners of the century so far.
It was the Epsom Oaks where Enable announced herself to the world as a superstar filly. The hot favourite was Rhododendron and the pair engaged a terrific battle down the home straight in the pouring rain. However, Enable stayed on the strongest to win the race by five lengths under a masterclass ride from Frankie Dettori. Enable not only won this race but she won the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and two Arcs, an unbelievable achievement.
Taghrooda was the world’s top rated filly in 2014. She won the Oaks in breathtaking style showing a huge burst of speed to romp homen by over three lengths in the hands of Paul Hannagan. She also claimed the King George at Ascot and cemented herself to be one of the greatest fillies to ever grace the downs and certainly one of the greatest Epsom Oaks winners.
Dancing Rain (2011)
Dancing Rain put in one of the best performances I have ever witnessed in the Oaks. She was sent off an unappealing 20/1 in the hands of Johnny Murtagh who executed the perfect ride as they set a good gallop from the front before quickening the pace off the home-bend. The filly looked a sitting duck when strongly pressed inside the final furlong by Wonder Of Wonders but she showed all heart and resolution to gamely fend off her challenger and claim the spoils.
Sariska was crowned champion three-year-old filly in 2009 on the back of two excellent performances earlier on in the season. She won the Epsom Oaks as 9/4 favourite in the hands of Jamie Spencer when seeing off the high-class Midday in a thrilling finish and is certainly one of the greatest Epsom Oaks winners this century. However, arguably her greatest victory came in the Irish Oaks where she hacked up on the bridle by three lengths without a movement from Jamie Spencer.
Ouija Board (2004)
I don’t think there was a racing supporter who didn’t love Ouija Board. She was an exceptional filly who landed seven Group 1 races around the world including America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Ouija Board absolutely destroyed the Epsom Oaks field by seven lengths, which helped Kieran Fallon complete the famous Oaks and Derby double. She was also crowned champion three-year-old filly and European horse of the year in 2004 and 2006.
📆 June 4, 2004
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Alexandrova was at the peak of her powers in 2006 where she picked up the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks and at the time became the first filly to complete the triple crown for 7 years. She was favourite for the Epsom Oaks and justified her strong market support when demonstrating an electric turn of foot to win by six lengths in the hands of Kieran Fallon, who won on several of the greatest Epsom Oaks winners.
Snow Fairy (2010)
An amazing Epsom Oaks story took place when Snow Fairy was supplemented at a very late stage. She was sent off 12/1 but overcome those odds to win by a neck in a driving finish under Ryan Moore. The star filly then went on to win the Irish equivalent very easily. Her quality on the racecourse saw her win the Hong Kong Cup, Irish Champion Stakes and QE II Cup in back-to-back years whilst also becoming champion three-year-old filly in 2010.
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