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Ed Quigley’s Ante-Post Armchair for Tuesday 23rd May

Ed has a tip for the Temple Stakes at Haydock this weekend and another for the Epsom Oaks.

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Epsom Oaks (2nd June) - Soul Sister

The Epsom Oaks is less than a fortnight away now, and this year’s renewal is shaping up into a belter.

A lot has been discussed regarding the performance of Savethelastdance at Chester, in which she pulverised the opposition and rightly was propelled into market leader on the back of that stunning display. However, I just wonder if her perceived superiority was exaggerated due to really testing underfoot conditions.

Stopwatch gurus are waxing lyrical about the performance, but she looks a powerful unit who will have to prove she can handle Epsom’s undulations on what will most probably be on much quicker ground than what she faced at Chester. She is a short price to find out if she can replicate that run, and at the prices I much prefer the claims of the John & Thady Gosden representative SOUL SISTER.

She caused an upset when spread-eagling the field in last week’s Musidora, in a manner which really made everyone sit up and take note. She looked a different filly on quick ground and left her soft-ground Fred Darling flop well and truly behind her. Frankie Dettori couldn’t pull her up as she powered through the winning line on the Knavesmire.

Providing we don’t get a deluge at Epsom in the build-up, I think she may just have too many raw gears for her rivals representing the yard that have won this three times in the last 10 years.

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Ed's Ante-Post Tip

Epsom Oaks (4.30pm, 2nd June)

Soul Sister should prove hard to beat under Frankie Dettori


At 10/3 a £10 bet would return £43.33

Epsom Oaks 2023

June 02, 2023

4:30 pm GMT+1

3.30pm Haydock (Saturday) - Raasel

This weekend there will be a lot of focus on the Curragh for the Irish 2000 Guineas meeting, but I am keeping my powder dry for now. Haydock comes under the microscope, and more specifically, I will be focusing on the Temple Stakes on Saturday. This Group 2, 5f assignment looks a hot renewal but looks a good opportunity for RAASEL to get back to winning ways.

The 6-year-old has been simmering rather than boiling in recent times, but this looks a more feasible opportunity than recent tasks, and he should enjoy the return to a likely quicker surface. His return when fourth in the Palace House Stakes was a cracker granted the ground and company, and he should come on for the run. He won on his only previous start over C&D, and rates a major player here granted quick ground.

Betting Advice

  • Soul Sister, Epsom Oaks, 1pt win at 10/3 bet365
  • Raasel, 3.30pm Haydock (Saturday), 1pt win at 11/1 BetVictor

* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.

Edward Quigley

Edward Quigley

Ed Quigley joins us weekly to provide his weekend watch tips and his long-term antepost armchair Monday column.