You just have to look back to the last two winners of the Irish Oaks to see the calibre of horse that has won the Group One contest at the Curragh.
The recently retired Sea Of Class and Enable are some of the best fillies we will potentially ever see and although this year’s crop of three-year-olds are not of that quality, the 2019 renewal still has the makings of an absolute cracker.
Our horse racing betting expert previews this weekend’s big race and gives you his best bet.
O’Brien’s hold the key to Irish Oaks
The daughter of Ruler Of The World was an impressive winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes on her most recent appearance over 1m2f. That was her second Group One success having won the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket at the end of last season and her run last time as well as her breeding suggested this step up to 1m4f will be well within her capabilities.
She’s probably the most likely winner, but she’s pretty short and I fancy Joseph’s Dad Aidan to have the last laugh in this weekend’s feature race.
That’s because I’m keen on his Fleeting at 6/1 who unlike Iridessa is proven at this trip.
The daughter of Zoffany was a real eye-catcher in the Oaks at Epsom where she flew home late to finish third and on the back of that run, I was pretty confident she’d get the job done in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
On that occasion she was beaten by Star Catcher, who she takes on once again this weekend, but she was forced to switch inside late and was probably left a bit too much to do.
She’ll be much more at home on faster ground here and should strip much fitter having only been given 20 days between the Oaks and Ribblesdale. A repeat of her run at Epsom would see her bang there and she looks a great each-way bet.