John Gosden has won three of the last four renewals of this race and looks to have a solid chance again with Loving Dream. She ran a cracker when two lengths second to Noon Star (who holds Musidora and Oaks entries) on turf debut at Wetherby, some six lengths clear of the rest of the field, and the step up in trip could bring about further improvement so with Frankie Dettori taking over in the saddle she must be high on the shortlist.
Technique also put in a highly promising run on turf debut, being beaten by just a head from Wirko at Epsom last month. Wirko couldn't frank that form when disappointing in the Chester Vase earlier in the week and both trainer and jockey are struggling for winners so although Technique looks more than capable of further improvement I don't see much value in the price at around 2/1.
Nash Nasha was heavily backed when winning at Sandown last month, her first run in eight months, and is another who could take another step forwards here, however for our selection we turn to Save A Forest who finished behind Loving Dream and Technique on her first two runs at Wolves, before returning from a short break to win two in a row with the latest coming in eye-catching fashion at Windsor last month, quickening away nicely to beat the re-opposing Invite. The way she finished that race suggests that she will relish the extra distance encountered today and she looks capable of plenty more improvement so she gets the vote in what looks to be a decent Oaks trail.
SAVE A FOREST (E/W)
written by Dean Kilbryde