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Enable heads 14 entries for the Darley Irish Oaks

July 11, 2017

Epsom Oaks winner Enable heads the 14 entries for Saturday’s Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh. A mouthwatering renewal of the fourth Irish Classic of the season is in store with trainer John Gosden also leaving Royal Ascot winner Coronet in the €400,000 Group 1 contest, while champion trainer Aidan O’Brien is responsible for five of the remaining entries after Tuesday morning’s latest forfeit stage.

Alluringly and Rain Goddess look to be the two fillies most likely to represent O’Brien who has won the opening three Classics of the Irish season with Churchill and Winter winning the Tattersalls 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas respectively and last month Capri won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

O’Brien said: “It is looking like Rain Goddess will run in the Irish Oaks on Saturday. We haven’t done much with her since the Pretty Polly Stakes but we were pleased with that run and hopefully the trip will suit her on Saturday. Alluringly is also on course to run in the Oaks and we’ve left Pocketfullofdreams, Ruby Quest and Wild Irish Rose in the race and we’ll take a look later in the week.”

It is 20 years since trainer John Oxx won the first of his two Irish Oaks and the trainer could be double-handed in Saturday’s feature race.

“We’ll see how the week goes but the plan is to run Bengala and Naughty Or Nice, Oxx said. “Bengala could do with some rain so we would be tempted to run her if we get some comfort in the ground for her and Naughty Or Nice had a bit of a disaster when she ran at Royal Ascot and the saddle slipped. The intention was to run her in the Ribblesdale and find out where she stood in the scheme of things but we didn’t learn anything and she is in the Oaks so we are tempted to run and see what happens.”

Joseph O’Brien may seek more Group 1 honours at the Curragh with last years Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Intricately included, while the potential line up is completed by Aurora Butterfly for Willie McCreery, the Jim Bolger-trained Bean Feasa, Fozzy Stack’s Breeze and the Dermot Weld-trained Eziyra.

Also at the Curragh on Saturday is the Group 2 Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes in which Derrinstown Flying Five winner Ardhoomey could take on the Tony Coyle’s Caspian Prince and Sir Mark Prescott’s Marsha who aid a strong British representation.

On Sunday the Kilboy Estate Stakes has attracted 16 entries, headed by Jim Bolger’s Turret Rocks, while in the Minstrel Stakes the globetrotting Gordon Lord Byron will bid to return to winning ways for trainer Tom Hogan.

Link to Saturdays entries: http://bit.ly/2t0cYoT

Link to Sundays entries: http://bit.ly/2udUsJQ

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