Jason Weaver: Maq’ can lead our attack at 7/1 for Friday’s Epsom Oaks

The Weaver Shark has no doubts that Maqsad can do the business in Friday's feature (16.30)

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14:00 Misty Grey @ 7/2

Mark Johnston’s runner was beaten out of sight on his racecourse debut, but made no mistake second time at Ripon when bolting up after grabbing the standside rail. He will need to be as sharp again from stall seven, but does look on pedigree as if he is one of the few in the line-up that will appreciate rattling quick ground. By the time the Godolphin hot-pot Pinatubo has got organised – he could be nearly home.

14:35 Greenside @ 5/1

Was a massive gamble on return at Newbury and put up a solid performance, despite not getting the best of runs, He backed up fairly quickly at Windsor and made no mistake beating a solid yardstick in Masham Star, going away late on for an easy victory. He was only nudged up 4lbs for that win and still looks well treated.


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15:10 Lah Ti Dah @ 3/1

Put up a huge performance on her return over a trip that looked short of her optimum. Given how strongly she travels in her races, Epsom’s unique test should hold no fears, while fast ground and an ability to quicken could catch a few of the fancied boys out around here. The favourite Kew Gardens is on a recovery mission.

15:45 Setting Sail @ 7/2

All the rage after bolting up at Wolverhampton when reappearing at Ascot last time. If you stop the race at the bottom of the straight there is only one winner, but it looked as if the petrol gauge ran empty over the trip when stepped up to that grade. The team took no time in dropping him back a quarter mile for Friday’s test and after just four starts, he still has massive improvement in him and could be underestimated in the market.

16:30 Maqsad @ 7/1

She was so impressive when bolting up in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket that it was a performance that made you sit up and take notice. There may be stamina doubts about her staying the 1m 4f trip of Friday’s Classic, but she wasn’t stopping last time over 1m 2f. She has proven ability to act on quick ground and that is the stumbling block for the two market leaders, Pink Dogwood and Mehdaayih.

Sure to run a massive race at a tidy price.

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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