SKYBET rate defending champion Wuheida as a 10-1 chance to retain her *Oaks title in what trainer Phil Simmonds would describe as “a disappointing year.”

Still a puppy when she overcame a tough draw (T5) and horrendous going to win at Belle Vue last December, Wuheida has only raced nine times since, but has trialled on 16 occasions.

Things started well enough in early 2018. The 29 kilo black ran a close second to Bull Run Button in the Racing Post Juvenile and was beaten in a photo finish by Dorotas Vic in the first round of the RPGTV Scottish Derby, but then things started to go wrong.

Phil said: “She picked up a wrist injury, which wasn’t serious, but would have threatened her career had she contested the semi finals. Until then, I was convinced she would make the final. She had that lay-off, then came in season, and we have been chasing it since then.

“She has taken a few batterings, in more than one case because other dogs have been incorrectly seeded, in a way that you wouldn’t see in a graded race. She is a bitch who doesn’t like to be bullied and it has made her a bit careful. She is not draw dependent, can do it from the front or off the pace, but after what has happened, I have tried to get her in races up against her own sex.

“Quite often they don’t fill. The one place where they usually do is Nottingham, and unfortunately, she doesn’t really seem to like the track. I would have entered her in Oaks trialstakes had there been any, but I am not complaining, it is what it is. I was pleased with her recent trial.

“As far as Sunday is concerned, I would hope and expect her to get through to the next round. The longer she stays in the competition, the stronger I expect her to get.”

*In the 80 year history of the English Oaks, only three bitches have retained their titles, the last being Cranog Bet in 1963/4.

Donation 8/1
Oi Oi Upenalty 8/1
Droopys Live 10/1
Jumeirah Charm 10/1
Queen Beyonce 10/1
Wuheida 10/1
Arthur Noddle 12/1
Naughty Mollie 12/1
Brynoffa Rosie 14/1
Bull Run Byte 14/1
Jaytee Jordan 16/1
Jaytee Sienna 16/1
Move Over Evie 16/1
Dodgers Drum 20/1
Rackethall Jess 20/1
Tea For Tess 20/1
Droopys Polly 25/1
Jet Stream Proof 25/1
Magical Vera 25/1
Mustang Kay Cee 28/1
Dunbolg Hanna 33/1
Shrewd Honcho 33/1
Chubbys Caviar 40/1
Galloping Moon 40/1
Hypnotic Twirl 40/1
Jaytee Summer 40/1
Kanturk Repeat 40/1
Quivers Scholie 40/1
Sylvias Chloe 40/1
Droopys Sirius 50/1
Linden Twiggy 50/1
Ballymac Eliza 66/1
Ballynabee Lucy 66/1
Ballyoak Badger 66/1
Cadburys Hero 66/1
Courts Ad Darcy 66/1
Courts Ad Lee 66/1
Dunbolg Saoirse 66/1
Emers Cookie 66/1
Emers Mist 66/1
Fridays Marie 66/1
Loher Honey 66/1
Lusty Girl 66/1
Millabbey Thelma 66/1
Miss Boley 66/1
Our Sparkle Lady 66/1
Piemans Princess 66/1
Poolie Shauna 66/1
Rangerfield Lass 66/1
Ravenswood Flo 66/1
Ballymac Alana 80/1
Black Eyed Hula 80/1
Cleenas Mo 80/1
Droopys Cracker 80/1
Droopys Greatest 80/1
Ella Shazza 80/1
Ilewin Steino 80/1
Knockadoon Vic 80/1
Nidderdale Lark 80/1
Raquel 80/1
Special Story 80/1
Eskes Blackmagic 100/1
Genuine Dream 100/1
Mitchells Angel 100/1
Private Lassie 100/1
Aayamza Bonnie 150/1
Ace Queen 150/1
Dunquin Ella 150/1
Image Kereta 150/1
Nutters Star 150/1
Old Fort Brandy 150/1
Tolpuddle Dawn 150/1