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2020 Epsom Oaks Tips – Will Love tear them apart again in fillies’ Classic?

Last updated: 02 Jul 2020
Jon Vine 02 Jul 2020
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  • We preview the 2020 edition of the Epsom Oaks
  • This year's Oaks will be run on the same day as the Derby
  • 1000 Guineas champion Love heads the betting
  • Ribblesdale winner Frankly Darling looks her main opposition
  • We've picked out two horses to back
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Love powers to victory in the 1000 Guineas. (Getty)

We take a look through the betting for this Classic at Epsom and provide readers with our Epsom Oaks tips for Saturday 4th July.

The first Classic race during the Epsom Derby Festival is the Oaks. Staged one year before the Epsom Derby in 1979, the Oaks usually headlines it’s own card on day one of the meeting. However, in 2020, the Oaks and the Derby are to be run on the same day, with the Oaks taking place at 3:40pm.

Many of the finest fillies to grace the sport have claimed victory in this historic Classic. Pretty Polly, Sun Chariot, Oh So Sharp and Enable are amongst the greats winners of the Epsom Oaks, and 1000 Guineas winner, Love is the favourite to follow in their footsteps.

2020 Epsom Oaks Odds

Best Price
Top Bookie
Love11/10Paddy Power
Frankly Darling2/1Ladbrokes
Gold Wand14/1GentingBet
Queen Daenerys33/1Paddy Power
Tiempo Vuela40/1Ladbrokes
Bharani Star66/1Unibet

*Odds correct as of 2/7/20*

2020 Epsom Oaks Favourite
Aidan O’Brien was so confident Love would do the business at Newmarket, that she was his only entrant in the first fillies’ Classic of the season. As Quadrilateral and Cloak Of Spirits battled it out on the rail, Love powered home down the centre of the track, securing a superb four-length triumph.

At the end of last season, I backed Love to win the Oaks at a much longer price than 13/8. O’Brien’s filly is a full-sister to Flattering and Peach Tree, who could only finish fifth and tenth in their respective Oaks’. Yet, Love clearly has more class than both of her siblings and I’m confident this extended trip will be right up her street.

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Frankly Darling (centre) cruises to victory in the Ribblesdale. (Getty)

2020 Epsom Oaks Form Guide

Rivalling Love at the head of the Epsom Oaks betting is Frankly Darling, who looked a Group One winner in waiting when powering to victory in the Ribblesdale. Frankie Dettori gave this daughter of Frankel the perfect ride that day, sitting just off the pace, bursting clear as they entered the straight, before comfortably holding Ennistymon and Peaceful at arm’s length.

Ennistymon caught the eye when chasing home Frankly Darling in the Ribblesdale. She's been backed into a much shorter price that you could have got a week ago, and is sure to thrive over this longer trip. Whether she has the class of the top two in the market, however, I'm not so sure.

was expected to outperform her stablemate at Ascot, but she produced her second underwhelming performance of the season in only managing to finish fourth, and she holds much less appeal.

Domino Darling got the better of Gold Wand on debut and looks a decent prospect. Gold Wand boosted her rivals form by winning a 10-furlong maiden at Newbury earlier this month, and looks open to further progression over this distance.

Queen Daenarys will join her stablemate in the field at Epsom. While I feel she too will improve for the step-up in distance, she looks to have slim hopes of catching that final place.

Tiempo Vuela and Bharani Star round off the field for what looks  - the top two in the betting notwithstanding - a disappointingly weak renewal of this great Classic.

2020 Epsom Oaks Odds Tips

There have, been upsets aplenty in the Oaks over the past couple of decades. Only two of the last 12 favourites have managed to win, and horses carrying prices ranging from 20/1 to 50/1 to victory. 

That being said, John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien have shared the last six Oaks’ between them, and I'd be shocked if either of the two weren’t celebrating victory on Saturday.

Frankly Darling should be a big player again, but I’m finding it so hard to get away from LOVE. The way Aidan O’Brien’s filly swept the competition aside in the 1000 Guineas was majestic. O’Brien will have tried her on the replica of Tattenham Corner he’s built at Ballydoyle, so I have no doubting she will handle the track. 

The trip is the only worry, but O’Brien wouldn’t throw her into battle if he didn’t think Love would cope, and I’m confident she can land her second Classic of the season.

Epsom Oaks FAQs

When is the Epsom Oaks?

In 2020, the Epsom Oaks will be run on Saturday 4th July.

Which Aidan O'Brien horses will run in the Oaks?

1000 Guineas winner, Love will run in the 2020 Epsom Oaks. Peaceful and Ennistymon will also run.

What's the difference between the Derby and the Oaks?

Both races are run over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs. The Derby is only open to colts, while the Oaks is just for fillies.

How can I watch the Epsom Oaks?

The Oaks will be shown live on ITV Racing and RacingTV. Visit our Live Streaming page to see how you can stream the race via your mobile or tablet.


On paper this looks a two-horse race, and my preference is for 1000 Guineas winner Love over Frankly Darling.

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