Having now looked back at the 2017 and 2018 renewals of the Irish Oaks ahead of the Classic event Saturday, today we are going to take a look at the 2019 event, where John Gosden managed to land the spoils again.
Star Catcher for owner Anthony Oppenheimer was a breath of fresh air during her three year old campaign in 2019, scoring on debut at Newbury over 1m2f in emphatic fashion and then placing over the same course and distance in a decent Listed event.
She turned into a different animal after that loss and went unbeaten in all of her next four events which included the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes, the Group One Irish Oaks, Group One Prix Vermeille and rounding off her career by taking the British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.
Having scored nicely at Ascot in a cracker of a race, Frankie gave her a peach of a ride from the front in her first Group One contest at the Curragh to take her first Classic event by 1/2 a length.
She was a star from the start of her career to the finish and it is now exciting to see her offsprings in the near future.