A Preview And Tip For Saturday’s Lancashire Oaks: Precious Ramotswe To Give Gosden An 8th Lancashire Oaks

John Gosden has won Haydock’s Lancashire Oaks on 7 occasions and his Precious Ramotswe can make it win number 8 on Saturday.
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Haydock’s Lancashire Oaks
July 07,2018

Two trainers have dominated Haydock’s Lancashire Oaks in recent years, those being the late Sir Henry Cecil and John Gosden. The latter has taken the Group 2 contest on six occasions this century ( seven in total ) and has a great chance of making it win number eight on Saturday afternoon with the lightly-raced Precious Ramotswe.

The daughter of Gosden’s King George winner Nathaniel has ran just four times on Turf since taking a maiden on Kempton’s all-weather track as a juvenile, winning on three occasions, the only defeat coming when sent to France for a Listed race at Saint-Cloud last season. The mount of Ioritz Mendizabal clearly didn’t show what she is capable of there as the filly was beaten a long way from home on the heavy ground.

Back home to Brighton for a handicap on her seasonal reappearance with Robert Havlin in the saddle the 15-8 market leader defied top weight of 9st 6lb, running out a comfortable two length winner over the Gary Moore-trained Canberra Cliffs. Stepping up markedly in class for her most recent start Precious Ramotswe proved up to group 3 class at the very least when beating some talented fillies in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Bronte Cup at York.

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While only putting half a length between herself and runner-up French raider Do Re Mi Fa Sol, the 11-4 favourite did it the hard way, making most of the running before showing plenty of guts to fend off her five rivals. It is likely we have not seen the best of Precious Ramotswe just yet and she is fancied to keep her unbeaten record for the season by winning the mile and a half Group 2 contest at the Lancashire venue. With bookmakers going 4-1 the field and a possible field of 14 there are plenty of potential dangers.

Trainer William Haggas has two possibles in What A Home and Dramatic Queen while Aidan O’Brien could be represented by Epsom Oaks fifth Flattering ( 13-2 Paddy Power ) but Luca Cumani’s God Given ( 5-1 Ladbrokes ) won a similar race over course and distance last month and can prove the biggest stumbling block to an eighth success in the race for John Gosden. 

Precious Ramotswe - 6/1 with Ladbrokes

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