The Irish Oaks is the feature Group One race in Ireland this weekend and there’s a strong British challenge as Enable and Coronet bid to give John Gosden a second win in the contest. Enable looks as close to unbeatable as they come but won’t be much of a price. She hosed up, from Alluringly, in the Cheshire Oaks and beat that rival again by even further in the Epsom Oaks just three weeks later. If she exhibits the same level of form then it’s just a matter of who fills the places. Coronet won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot after finishing fifth at Epsom and is the likeliest biggest danger.
Of the home team Rain Goddess is shortest in the betting and ran a great trial for this when second to Nezwaah in the Pretty Polly – she may improve again for a further increase in distance. Naughty Or Nice was progressing very nicely before her saddle slipped in the Royal Ascot race behind Coronet (she was actually better fancied in the market) while Eziyra could improve significantly for her reappearance at Leopardstown last month. She had some pretty good two-year-old form and the stable has shown definite signs of life recently. One for ‘Place’ punters perhaps?
The Tote Scurry much earlier on the card is a bit more difficult but the three-year-olds can show their elders the way home here. Ma Fee Heela showed up very well on his handicap debut over Derby weekend and was only just touched off over 6f. This extra half-furlong should be right up his street. Johnny Murtagh may have the winner however with Tobacco Bay. This really likeable three-year-old travels so well in her races that the drop in distance should suit her down to the ground. Wayne Lordan should be able to drop her in behind the pace and produce her at the last minute to give the stable their second win in this contest in the last three years.
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