Irish Oaks Guide

1. Antonia De Vega

T - Ralph Beckett

J - Colin Keane

Four career starts - three last year, which saw her win on debut at Newmarket and next time out in the Group Three Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.

She rounded off her campaign in the Fillies Mile at HQ when a well-beaten last, but bounced back on her return in scintillating style at Newbury in the soft conditions - on her first start over ten furlongs.

Step up to mile-and-a-half could produce more.

2. Fleeting

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - tbc

Last in the Guineas, the daughter of Zoffany ran on best in the closing stages in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

Finishing really well inside the final two furlongs, the three-year-old was sent off the 7/4 favourite in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Again, she made her challenge late in the day, and only Star Catcher managed to get her head in front.

3. Iridessa

T - Joseph O'Brien

J - Wayne Lordan

Twice a Group One winner, Iridessa will now hope to work on her consistency for trainer Joseph O'Brien.

She landed the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes here just three weeks ago beating some of today's rivals, on what was her first start over a further trip.

The daughter of Ruler Of The World won the Fillies Mile at Newmarket last year, but was never really involved in either sets of Guineas.

4. Manuela De Vega

T - Ralph Beckett

J - Harry Bentley

Another for Britain and Beckett, the similarly named Manuela De Vega finished a good fourth in the Investec Oaks at Epsom behind Anapurna.

Having won twice as a juvenile, she finished second to Mehdaayih in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester back in May, but had no chance with a good winner who has since bounced back to form with a win in France.

May go better here on a less demanding course.

5. Operatic Export

T - J S Bolger

J - Kevin Manning

Five career starts - all of which in Ireland, most recently coming in the Oaks Trial behind Trethias at Naas.

At 66/1, she was well adrift of the winner along with the likes of Search For A Song, and subsequent Oaks absentees Chablis and Goddess.

Yet to even place since winning weak maiden on debut last August, so hard to provide a case for here.

6. Peach Tree

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - tbc

One of three starters for Aidan O'Brien, after the final declarations saw his team cut in half from six.

Peach Tree has definitely shown her best form on home soil, and has raced aplenty in her short career so far.

She won last time out in Group Three company at Leopardstown over 1m6f, and finished second to Who's Steph on her last start over 1m4f.

Each-way candidate.

7. Pink Dogwood

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - tbc

Daughter of Camelot with a somewhat big, growing but demanding profile.

Upped in trip for the first time on reappearance at Navan, she breezed to the front to take the Salsabil Listed Stakes under a confident ride from Ryan Moore.

She looked the stable's best hope in the Oaks, but was just outstayed by Annapurna and then failed to justify favouritism when back in Ireland over ten furlongs in the Pretty Polly.

Needs to bounce back here stepping up to twelve again.

8. Search For A Song

T - Dermot Weld

J - Chris Hayes

Search For A Song will be searching to get back on track after being held by Trethias on just her second start at Naas last time.

She finished a good runner's-up on her first start at Class One level in what was a trial for this very race.

Bred to want a mile-and-a-half, and a useful candidate.

9. Star Catcher

T - John Gosden

J - Frankie Dettori

Daughter of Sea The Stars returned to winning ways when landing the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

Dettori - also aboard here, was in flying form that day and rides the filly who bounced back from her third at Newbury to Queen Power.

Stepping up in trip seemed the answer, and should go pretty well in these classic winning colours.

10. Trethias

T - Jessica Harrington

J - Shane Foley

May have needed the run when she returned to the frame in the Salsabil Stakes behind Pink Dogwood at Navan in April.

Was lowered in trip for the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown where she was not beaten that far, but she skipped the real thing in favour of contesting an Oaks Trial.

That outing saw her win really well back up to ten furlongs, and was pulling away clear.

1m4f looks set to suit.


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