Irish Oaks Guide

Curragh - July 17 2020
Curragh 18:15
1(5)
Shane Foley

Cayenne Pepper

J:
 
Shane Foley
T:
 
Mrs John Harrington
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 111
Days: 20

The favourite for the Group One Irish Oaks on Saturday is the Jessica Harrington trained Cayenne Pepper who looks to have a superb chance.

The yard have been in fine form on the flat since the start of the season and this three year old filly has a very progressive profile.

Having been a smart juvenile landing a hat-trick of wins at the beginning of her career, she then gave a bold showing when stepping up to Group One company for the first time, finishing fourth in the Fillies Mile at Newmarket.

That form has gone on to be franked with Love winning the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks since then.

Cayenne Pepper made a very good return to racing this season with a second behind Magical in the Pretty Polly Stakes and the extra trip at the weekend will suit her well.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/08/21DEA10GS9-05
27/06/21CUR10GF9-123
23/05/21CUR10.5Sft/Hy9-24
07/11/20KEE9.5Fm8-810
13/09/20CUR10Gd9-21
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Curragh 18:15
2(8)
Wayne Lordan

Ennistymon

J:
 
Wayne Lordan
T:
 
A P O'Brien
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 107
Days: 14

A three year old filly going in the right direction in Group One events having been less than impressive as a juvenile, her step up as a three year old has been superb.

She started the season at Leopardstown landing a decent maiden in good style and from that stepped up to the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and finished a staying on second behind Frankly Darling.

She then went to Epsom for the Oaks and finished another good second behind superstar stablemate Love and if recovering well, she will go close on that form.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
19/09/20GOW9.5Gd9-27
08/09/20GAL12Hy9-13
23/08/20NAA14Sft9-16
12/08/20GOW9.5Gd9-22
18/07/20CUR12Gd/Y9-28
Curragh - July 17 2020
Curragh 18:15
7(4)
Michael Hussey

Snow

J:
 
Michael Hussey
T:
 
A P O'Brien
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 106
Days: 13

Snow is another for Aidan O'Brien who has four chances in the race an this filly has the pedigree to go very close, but will have to improve on her runs so far.

She showed very little talent as a juvenile but as a three year old has come into her own winning two of her three runs and placing in the other.

She broke her maiden at the Curragh in a decent maiden and then went on to finish second in a decent Group Three event at Leopardstown.

Snow then stepped up to 1 mile 4 furlongs for the first time and revelled in the extra trip to land the Group Three Oaks trial and on that form she could progress to be in the frame.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/08/20GOO14GF8-93
18/07/20CUR12Gd/Y9-25
05/07/20COR12Y8-131
21/06/20LEO10Gd9-22
13/06/20CUR10GF9-21
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3(2)
Colin Keane

Even So

J:
 
Colin Keane
T:
 
G M Lyons
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 103
Days: 14

Ger Lyons fields a runner for Coolmore which is very unusual in itself but the filly seems to have got the hang of things recently.

She was a nice two year old finishing third on debut and using that to get off the mark next time out at Gowran in soft conditions.

As a three year old she struggles slightly at the start finishing third on seasonal debut in a Group Three and then tailing away in the Irish 1000 Guineas to finish fifth.

She got back to winning ways when stepped up in trip last time out at Naas in the Oaks Trial and if progressing again has place claims.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/09/20LON12Gd8-116
18/07/20CUR12Gd/Y9-21
04/07/20NAA10Y/Sft9-21
13/06/20CUR8GF9-25
23/03/20NAA8Sft/Hy8-113
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4(6)
Declan McDonogh

Laburnum

J:
 
Declan McDonogh
T:
 
A P O'Brien
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: N/A
Days: 14

One at a fairly big price but not bad form in the book for Aidan O'Brien is this three year old who has only ever raced twice in her career.

She got off the mark nicely on her seasonal debut at Gowran Park in June and then backed that up with a decent second behind Even So in the Listed Oaks Trial.

She will need to reverse that form but looks very unexposed and might have place claims in her arsenal.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/09/20LON12Gd8-114
16/08/20DEA12.5Hy8-114
12/08/20GOW9.5Gd9-21
18/07/20CUR12Gd/Y9-24
04/07/20NAA10Y/Sft9-22
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6(3)
W J Lee

Passion

J:
 
W J Lee
T:
 
A P O'Brien
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 100
Days: 14

The final runner for AOB is Passion and this filly deserves to be the price she is and it would take a tremendous amount of improvement to see her go close here.

The three year old finished a weak fourth in a Listed race on her seasonal return and from that has not improved a great deal, finishing third in the Ribblesdale Stakes but by a wide margin.

Last time out she finished fifth in the Epsom Oaks but again finishing a long way back and other runners form reads better.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
02/10/21LON14VSft9-45
12/09/21CUR14Gd9-812
27/06/21CUR14GF9-103
17/10/20ASC12Sft8-133
03/10/20LON14Hy8-105
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5(1)
Shane Crosse

New York Girl

J:
 
Shane Crosse
T:
 
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 106
Days: 21

Joseph O'Brien has had some nice winners of late and at a big price will be hoping his filly can go close after finishing a modest seventh of 14 in the Irish Derby.

She will certainly need to come on for that run but with that being her first step up to 1 mile 4 furlongs, she may take better to this experience.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/08/21SAR8Gd8-104
05/06/21BLM8Gd8-610
01/05/21CHU8Fm8-62
06/03/21TMP9Fm8-63
06/02/21TMP8.5Fm8-52
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8(7)
Gary Carroll

Yaxeni

J:
 
Gary Carroll
T:
 
G M Lyons
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 101
Days: 13

The final runner and outsider of the field goes for Ger Lyons and this is definitely his second string in the race that would need a miracle to win it.

She won a maiden as a two year old but on both her starts as a three year old she has hit the frame but never looked like winning and they have come in lesser races that this one.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/06/22ROS12Sft/Hy9-92
08/06/22COR12Gd9-92
04/05/22GOW14Y9-21
06/04/22NOT14GS8-104
31/10/21NAA16Hy9-121

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