Darley Irish Oaks
|Grade 1, Curragh 17:30
1m 4f, Class 1
|Saturday 21st July 2018|
Trainer William Haggas decided to skip the Investec Oaks at Epsom with Sea Of Class following heavy rain and will now aim her at the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on July 21.
Following discussions with the owners of the Sea The Stars filly, the Newmarket handler will now prepare the dual Newbury Listed winner for a first try over 12 furlongs in the Group One prize.
Haggas said: “The Irish Oaks is the plan. It came down to the fact it’s a fillies’ Classic which they (owner Sunderland Holding) want to win.
“She would have gone to the Pretty Polly last Sunday and the Nassau at Goodwood if we were going to go down the mile-and-a-quarter route, but we decided to go for the Irish Oaks.
“It was a decision mutually agreed by the owner and trainer, and it wasn’t a difficult one as it happened.
“She can’t run in the Irish Oaks next year, but she can run in the Pretty Polly and Nassau next year if she stays in training.
“She took the race at Newbury fine and is in good form.
“I didn’t think she was as impressive as she was in the previous race there, but we had a little blip before that race so I was happy enough with her.”
Haggas has a potential second string to his bow in Dramatic Queen.
Forever Together, subsequently beaten in the Pretty Polly Stakes, has also been left in by O’Brien along with the likes of September, who has not been seen since finishing third at the Breeders’ Cup, and Magical, who has only run once this season.
Willie McCreery has left in both Liquid Amber, not seen since finishing down the field in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, and Mary Tudor, second in an Oaks Trial at Naas last time out.
Dermot Weld’s Romiyna, David Lanigan’s Worth Waiting, Joseph O’Brien’s Tissiak and Jim Bolger’s Park Bloom, a sister to an Oaks winner in Was, are all among the remaining possibles.
Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1)
€400,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f
15 remaining entries
Going: Good to Firm