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The feature race on the card at the Curragh on Saturday afternoon will be the Juddmonte Irish Oaks. This top-class event will take place at 3.45.
The Irish Oaks is one of the biggest middle-distance races for fillies in the entire flat racing calendar. It is perhaps second only in prestige to the Epsom Oaks. Run over one mile and four furlongs, the Irish Oaks is worth a whopping €290,000 to winning connections.
Our Betting Tips and Predictions for the Irish Oaks
Eight runners are due to go to post for the Irish Oaks this year. Here are our best predictions and betting tips ahead of the race:
Our Best Prediction: Warm Heart @ 4/1
The early market is largely all about one horse. Typically that horse is trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore. The horse in question is Savethelastdance, who arrives here off the back of finishing second to Soul Sister in Group 1 company last time out. However, that was far from the deepest Group 1 contest and Soul Sister has since failed to frank the form, so don’t be surprised if stablemate Warm Heart causes a minor upset here.
For once, Ryan Moore may just be on the wrong O’Brien horse. Warm Heart won the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes in good style at Royal Ascot, performing as though she is very much a Group 1 horse in the making. This isn’t the deepest Group 1 contest, while she’s already proven herself on a softer surface. It would be little surprise to see her well supported closer to the off, so I’m on early doors.
Our Each Way Prediction: Lumiere Rock (each-way) @ 12/1
Lumiere Rock chased home Warm Heart and may well have got closer if she wasn’t caught short of running room when going for a gap. Once she did get out in the clear, she stayed on well for second, performing as though she too warrants a go at this level. In truth, besides the two Aidan O’Brien runners, this race is no stronger and this field certainly doesn’t contain the same level of depth, so there’s little reason why Joseph O’Brien’s runner can’t make her presence felt. She is of course and course and distance winner, and a soft ground one at that too. She could be the one to keep the front two in the market honest.
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