Yorkshire Oaks runner-by-runner guide to today’s feature race at York

All you need to know about the Yorkshire Oaks runners.


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The fillies take centre stage on day two of the Ebor Festival in the Yorkshire Oaks at 3.35pm.

Snowfall – the standout filly of the Classic division – is hot favourite to add another high-profile victory to her increasingly impressive CV.


Aidan O’Brien’s superstar is likely to face a big challenge from Group 1 winner Wonderful Tonight, although the four-year-old’s best form has been on soft or heavy ground and the going at York is currently described as good.

A field of seven has been declared and we’ve assessed all the runners and riders in this year’s Yorkshire Oaks.


Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 3 Weight: 8st 12lbs

Massive improver in 2021, winning the Oaks at Epsom (soft) by a remarkable 16 lengths. Readily followed up in Irish equivalent at the Curragh. Hard to beat.

Wonderful Tonight

Trainer: David Menuisier Jockey: William Buick Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Highly progressive on going softer than good, including a Group 1 success on Champions Day last October. Excellent winner of Group 2s at Royal Ascot and Goodwood this season but ideally needs rain.


Trainer: Roger Varian Jockey: Jim Crowley Age: 3 Weight: 8st 12lbs

Debut winner at Nottingham and improved plenty to win listed race at Newbury on return. Unlucky not to still be unbeaten after a luckless run in Ribblesdale at Ascot. Has a bigger performance in her.

Loving Dream

Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 3 Weight: 8st 12lbs

Left previous form well behind tackling fast ground in Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, running out an all-the-way winner. A lot went her way that day (runner-up Eshaad met trouble) and more needed again.


Trainer: Ralph Beckett Jockey: Rossa Ryan Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Smart performer who produced a career best when 7-length winner of an Ascot listed race on return. Has failed to match that form subsequently, however, and firmly up against it.


Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: W. M. Lordan Age: 3 Weight: 8st 12lbs

Group 3 winner over 1m as a 2-y-o and useful form in defeat this term, notably when placed behind Snowfall in Epsom/Irish Oaks. Well behind Wonderful Tonight at Goodwood latest, however.

La Joconde

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 3 Weight: 8st 12lbs

Fairly useful filly. Used as a pacemaker in the Irish Oaks last time and similar role is on the cards.

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