Epsom Oaks 2017: Don't get too overexcited about Hydrangea.
The dominant narrative tells us that the key race with regard to the 2017 Epsom Oaks was the Dubai Fillies Mile run at Newmarket in October, in which the O'Brien trained Rhododendron defeated stablemate Hydrangea to earn a best-price quote of 10/1 for Epsom Oaks glory. Only one small problem though, Hydrangea's jockey Seamie Heffernan was quoted after the race as saying
It's important for these fillies to run in Group 1s in England and Hydrangea has run a solid race out there. She'll be a nice filly next year when she'll stay a mile and a quarter.
Hydrangea was then sent for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November, a race in which she duly finished last!
Seamus [Heffernan] felt the same with his filly, he thought that her action might not have been as good as it has been before and he looked after her - that was it. The two of them have had long, hard seasons and we just felt it was worth letting them come here for a Group 1 and letting them have a shot at it, but they'll be fine next year. Hydrangea started her three year old year at Leopardstown on 8 Apr 2017 landing the Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes
In that both Rhododendron and Hydrangea have Pivotal on the damside, there is simply nothing to suggest that Rhododendron, whose dam Halfway To Heaven, was the winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Nassau Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes, is going to see out the trip at Epsom. But hey, let's not allow the truth to get in the way of a good story - not least, when it is is being put around by the marketing departments of the major bookmakers. She is being aimed for the English 1000 Guineas, a race for which she will be better suited.
|Rhododendron||Galileo||Halfway To Heaven||Pivotal||7.9f|
|Hydrangea||Galileo||Beauty Is Truth||Pivotal||7.9f|
Zetland stakes winner Coronet, by Dubawi, is a very interesting sort, and the 20/1 is unlikely
to last long.
Epsom Oaks 2017 Ante-Post Portfolio
|Epsom Oaks 2017||Coronet@20/1||☑|
To cite this article: Niall O'Connor "Epsom Oaks 2017: Don't get too overexcited about Hydrangea." (Published on Bettingmarket.com 2017. All Rights Reserved.)