Investec Oaks
Group 1, Epsom Downs 16:30
£523,750 added,
3yo fillies only,
1m 4f 6y, Class 1   
Friday 31st May 2019

Ladbrokes

1 Anapurna 8/1
2 Pink Dogwood 3/1
3 Fleeting 25/1
14 ran Distances: nk, 1¼l, 1l
Time: 2m 36.09s (slow by 1.59s)

Anapurna battles past Pink Dogwood to win

Frankie Dettori added a fifth Group One Investec Oaks win to his Classic collection when taking the 2019 race aboard the John Gosden-trained Anapurna. He has now won 18 British Classics.
 
Dettori previously scored in 1994 on Balanchine, 1995 on Moonshell, 2002 on Kazzia and in 2017 on Enable. He is the most successful jockey currently riding in the mile and a half fillies' Classic, which is worth £525,000.
 
Anapurna became the first British Classic winner for her sire, Frankel. Bred by Meon Valley Stud, she is owned by Helena Springfield Ltd, the name under which Meon Valley Stud's fillies run. She beat the Aidan O'Brien-trained, Ryan Moore-ridden Pink Dogwood by a neck.
 
Dettori said:  "I did not think I was going to get to Ryan, but my filly was very courageous. She was brilliant. I love having winners here. I rode my first Classic winner 25 years ago and am still here!
 
"It is 25 years since my first Oaks winner [Balanchine, 1994]. With this one I think I managed to pass my greatest hero, Pat Eddery, in number of Classics won. I had a great run, I got a nice split to the inside. For a moment I thought, 'God, I'm not good enough', but when the stamina kicked in she won really well.
 
"It was a team decision for me to ride Anapurna [rather than Gosden's other runner Mehdaayih, the 11/4 favourite who finished seventh under Rab Havlin]. I never rode the filly [Mehdaayih] this year and Rab has done really well with her. I knew mine would stay but the only thing I was afraid of was the [lack of] experience. But it was a great run round. For a minute I couldn't get out and when I took the split she took a furlong to get going and Ryan [Moore, on Pink Dogwood] had three lengths on me, but I knew she would come good. 
 
"She's completely different to Lingfield [where she won the Oaks trial on May 11]; she travelled a lot better today. She was all at sea at Lingfield, but that taught her a lot. She's a very good stayer and she proved it today.
 
"It's a milestone for me because Pat Eddery was my greatest hero. I sat next to him in the weighing-room for 20 years, and I managed to pass him with this Classic. They are hard to win and when you do win, it's great. We miss Pat; he was a great mentor."

Trainers Quotes

Newmarket trainer John Gosden captured the 2014 Investec Oaks with Taghrooda and the 2017 renewal with subsequent dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Enable.
 
Discussing the victory, Gosden said: "it was a brave performance from Anapurna and as brave a performance from the jockey.
 
"Anapurna had a dream trip. She was on the inside, where you get boxed IN, but Frankie found a lovely little gap rather like Defoe did in the Coronation Cup. It was brave but he got the gaps, saved the ground and I thought she was very brave.
 
"I thought coming past the furlong pole that Ryan Moore and Pink Dogwood had got it. But this filly somehow found the reserves of courage and energy to get her head back in front. That last 50 yards are uphill and in the end she basically just outstayed the other filly. So full marks to both riders and both fillies."
 
Aidan O'Brien trained the second and third, Pink Dogwood and Fleeting.
 
Post-race O'Brien said: "Pink Dogwood ran a lovely race, it was her first run over a mile and a half and she ran a lovely race - both fillies ran well. 
 
"The ground was fine for her, she just got collared late and in those instances you can look for reasons, but she ran a great race."
 
As for a possible rematch in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, O'Brien said: "We'll see how she is and what the lads decide to do next time."
 
Ralph Beckett, trainer of the fourth-placed Manuela De Vega, said: "She's run a great race - on a different day, we'd take them all on again. We'll think about going on to the Curragh."

Investec Oaks
£523,750 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 6y, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Anapurna 8/1 L Dettori
9-0
J H M Gosden 3
2nd (12) nk Pink Dogwood (IRE) 3/1 R L Moore
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
3rd (10) Fleeting (IRE) 25/1 W M Lordan
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
4th (1) 1 Manuela De Vega (IRE) 16/1 Harry Bentley
9-0
R M Beckett 3
5th (13) Delphinia (IRE) 66/1 J A Heffernan
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
6th (14) ¾ Frankellina 12/1 James Doyle
9-0
W J Haggas 3
7th (6) Mehdaayih 11/4f R Havlin
9-0
J H M Gosden 3
8th (5) Maqsad (FR) 4/1 Jim Crowley
9-0
W J Haggas 3
9th (11) 1 Blue Gardenia (IRE) 100/1 J P Spencer
9-0
D O'Meara 3
10th (9) Peach Tree (IRE) 33/1 D O'Brien
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
11th (7) s.h Tarnawa (IRE) 20/1 C D Hayes
9-0
D K Weld 3
12th (8) Tauteke 25/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-0
R Varian 3
13th (2) 5 Sh Boom 100/1 T P Queally
9-0
P W Chapple-Hyam 3
14th (4) 21 Lavender's Blue (IRE) 16/1 S De Sousa
9-0
Mrs A J Perrett 3