John Gosden currently matches the late Sir Henry Cecil on seven career wins in the Lancashire Oaks and may surpass that tally on Saturday.
The Clarehaven handler will be seeking to extend his remarkable recent run in the Haydock feature with the fancied Precious Ramotswe.
Precious Ramotswe to win Lancashire Oaks – 6/1
Of Gosden’s seven win in this Fillies’ Group 2 contest no less than four have arrived since 2011. Gertrude Bell, Great Heavens, Pomology and last year’s winner, The Black Princess, have all gone in for the trainer recently.
The daughter of Nathaniel has been beaten only once in her career so far, when she ventured to France late last year, a run the trainer likely regrets now.
She is perfect from four from four on British shores, with her latest win coming in a Group 3 over 1m6f at York in May.
That was her first start in group-race company and she made light of it, while there may be more improvement to come in the new headgear here.
The drop in distance won’t faze her and given her trainer’s recent record in the race, she looks a major player.
Saxon Warrior to win Coral-Eclipse – 7/2
I am willing to take a chance on 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior in the Eclipse. He doesn’t appear to have stayed the trip in his two runs since – the Derby at Epsom (fourth) and last week’s Irish version at the Curragh (third).
Saxon Warrior is being given the green light by Ballydoyle to get back on track here, where he faces Epsom hero Masar and third-home Roaring Lion again.
Masar was no match for Saxon Warrior on the Rowley Mile in May before turning things around in spectacular fashion in the Derby.
They drop in trip for this ‘decider’ and O’Brien’s charge gets the vote despite the seven-day turnaround.
Haddaf to win Coral Charge – 7/1
In the opener on the card at Sandown it is worth giving James Tate’s Dawn Approach gelding a chance to step up into this class.
Last month’s win over C&D in a Listed event was only the three-year-old’s 10th start on turf and he has the potential for better still.
His win here was achieved after racing in rear and he met a fair share of problems in moving up to make his challenge, cementing the notion that we haven’t seen the depth of his talent just yet.
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