17:30 Curragh

Saturday 21 July 2018

All14:3515:1015:4516:2016:5517:3018:0518:40

    Darley Irish Oaks (Fillies Group 1)

  • 3YO only  |   Class 1  |   1m 4f  |   Good (Good to Firm in places on straight, Round course Good to Firm)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:33  |   Winning time: 2m 32.54s
1st
Horse silk
6
(7)
11/4
T: W J HaggasJ: James Doyle
In rear, headway on outer from over 2f out, stayed on well under hands and heels inside final furlong, led near line op 5/2 tchd 10/3
2nd
Horse silk
nk
2
(5)
7/2
T: A P O'BrienJ: D O'Brien
Tracked leaders, soon raced in 2nd, on terms from 5f out, pushed along 3f out, soon led, edged right to rail over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, headed near line
3rd
Horse silk
1 ½
4
(2)
25/1
T: W McCreeryJ: W J Lee
Soon raced in 5th, 6th halfway, closed and not much room briefly over 2f out, headway into 2nd and edged right over 1f out, not match front pair and one pace inside final furlong
4th
Horse silk
3 ½
1
(4)
20/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: J A Heffernan
Prominent, led after 1f, joined from 5f out, narrowly headed from 3f out, no extra in 4th and one pace inside final furlong tchd 16/1
5th
Horse silk
4 ¼
3
(3)
10/11f
T: A P O'BrienJ: R L Moore
Tracked leaders, soon raced in 4th, pushed along and switched left 2f out, not match leaders and slightly impeded and switched left again over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong op 11/10
6th
Horse silk
¾
5
(1)
33/1
T: D K WeldJ: D P McDonogh
Led, headed after 1f, soon raced in 3rd, pushed along 4f out, soon lost position and no extra when switched left inside final furlong
7th
Horse silk
2 ½
7
(6)
66/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: W M Lordan
Towards rear in 6th, 5th halfway, pushed along 4f out, lost place and no impression under 2f out, slightly impeded inside final furlong

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€3.40Pl:€1.70, €1.70EX:€12.60Trifecta:€78.40SF:€12.23

Forecasts

Magic Wand (10/11), Sea of Class (11/4), Forever Together (7/2), Bye Bye Baby (20/1), Mary Tudor (25/1), Romiyna (33/1), Tissiak (66/1)

Verdict

Aidan O'Brien has won three of the last 10 renewals of this and each of his three runners warrant respect here. Preference is for MAGIC WAND given the way she bounced back to form with a four-length success at Royal Ascot last time in the Ribblesdale and provided the rain stays away, she could be hard to beat. One that wouldn't mind rainfall is Epsom Oaks winner Forever Together in her bid to replicate what Enable did last year and become a dual Oaks winner; she was unsuited by the step back to 1m2f on fast ground in the Pretty Polly last time out. Sea Of Class may be able to reward her trainer's patience and she arrives entirely unexposed here.
  1. Magic Wand
  2. Forever Together
  3. Sea of Class

Previous Winners

2017
Enable
Weight: 9-0  |Age: 3
2/5

Prize Money

1st: €228,000.002nd: €76,000.003rd: €36,000.004th: €16,000.005th: €8,000.006th: €4,000.00

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