Iridessa Ready For Step Up In Irish Oaks

Joseph O'Brien's shining light of the flat season, Iridessa will look to add to her Group 1 glory this weekend when she heads to the Curragh for the Irish Oaks.

The three year old filly has been fairly consistent throughout her career for the Irish trainer. She won nicely on her first ever start as a juvenile at Killarney and backed that potential up in her final run as a two year old when she took the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket.

Running between a mile and 1 mile 2f has been her speciality and O'Brien is now hoping that the extra step to a mile and a half in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday won't be to much of a Stamina test.

There was a lot of hype around Iridessa coming back as a three year old but she never really lived up to that and in her first three runs of the season she was lacklustre, especially in her first big race of the season in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket where she was a mediocre eighth.

With things needing to change O'Brien stepped his filly up to 1 mile 2f for the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh and she shocked the field to land the contest with Joseph landing his first black type race of the season, pipping his dad Aidan who had second and third with Magic Wand and Pink Dogwood.

O'Brien stepping her up in trip could be a bold move but he is optimistic of her chances.

(Credit Racing Post) He said: "She's in good shape and the plan is probably to run at the weekend, which we're looking forward to.

"The step up in trip really suited her in the Pretty Polly Stakes last time and we've been happy with how she's come out of the race."

"You just never really know whether they'll stay the extra couple of furlongs until you try, but she's very well and we're hopeful she'll get the trip."

The three year old looks set to be taking on Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner at Royal Ascot Star Catcher after John Gosden said on Monday he will supplement his filly for a crack at the the €400,000 prize on Saturday.

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