The night finished 9-3 to the bookies with only a trio of favourite winning in the first round of the Oaks at Swindon. The highlights included the ‘FON’ recorded by Velvet Juliet. The lowlights saw half the favourites eliminated, most notably the 2018 runner-up Magical Vera.
Jimmy Wright, assistant to Angela Harrison said: “We gave her a couple of runs at Doncaster to get her used to those type of traps and then she went very well in her trial at Swindon.
“She runs the track well, staying a middle course all the way round. It is the first time she has run against her own sex. She beat dogs at Sunderland (Classic), and ran very well against dogs when she was beaten in the Gold Cup.
“Whatever happens in the Oaks, we will give her a rest afterwards. But then I would like to try her over six bends. I think she might stay but you never know until they do it.”