There can often be some good value in the Epsom Oaks, especially as we saw a 16/1 winner last year, but this time out, some are seeing Gertrude Versed as a good bet, despite the fact she is out at 40/1 to claim the race.
She was last seen coming second to another much talked about contender – Banoffee – at Chester and trainer John Gosden believes his charge comes here in decent form.
You can’t argue with that either as her five runs have seen her land a place in the top three on four occasions and one of those was a victory at Kempton, so she does know what it takes to be involved come the closing stages.
It is going to take the biggest run of the three-year-olds career to get anywhere near the front-runners, but Gosden is in good spirits.
He said: “Gertrude Versed has been in good form since Chester and I think the winner of that race [Banoffee] was rightly supplemented for the Oaks – it is not a decision they would have made lightly. It looks to be solid form,” Gosden said.
“There are some high-quality fillies in the race on Friday and I think the track should be no problem for our filly – there is only one way to find out and that is by running.”
When looking at the Epsom Oaks odds, you have to say that Gertrude Versed is an outsider and she is clearly 40/1 for a reason, but stranger things have happened in the wonderful world of Flat racing.
One thing is for sure, 40/1 makes her cracking each way value as well and that is probably the market you want to head in when backing this horse. There might be too much quality for her to win, but we have seen Gosden’s charge more than hold her own and finish in the places on a number of occasions.
As the trainer said, the only way to find out is by runner and you can catch the Epsom Oaks from 4pm on Friday.