Dettori And Hibaayeb Favourite With Bookmakers For Wide Open Irish Oaks
The most valuable race run in Britain today is Stratford’s Claydon Horse Exercisers Handicap Chase, run over 2m 7f and with prize money for the winner of £7,514.40.
Fortunately, Ireland stages a card full of quality at the Curragh, the feature of which is the 246.500 Euro Darley Irish Oaks.
The first three horses home at Epsom, Snow Fairy, Meeznah and Remember When renew rivalry, and if you thrown in the first and second in Royal Ascot’s Ribblesdale Stakes you have the ingredients for a mouth watering contest.
Epsom Oaks winner Snow Fairy is re-united with champion jockey Ryan Moore and is a best price 4/1 with sportingbet and Bluesq. in the 1m 4f contest.
David Lanigan’s Meeznah, beaten a neck at Epsom, after meeting trouble in running, can be backed at 5/1 with Bet365 and Bluesq. to exact revenge on Ed Dunlop’s filly.
Aidan O’Brien has five entries, Epsom third Remember When looks the stable’s main hope, with Totesport and Victor Chandler offering the best price of 7/1.
The Danehill Dancer filly disappointed on her most recent outing, with O’Brien saying: " When she ran at Epsom it looked as if dropping back to a mile and a quarter in the Pretty Polly would suit her. But you would be inclined to think, the way she ran at the Curragh, that she needed to go back up in trip."
Even though the race features the Epsom principles, favouritism lies with the Godolphin filly Hibaayeb at a general 7/2, although Ladbrokes are a standout 4/1 about the daughter of Singspiel.
Unplaced from an unfavourable draw in Newmarket’s 1000 Guineas, Frankie Dettori’s mount left that form well behind when easily beating fellow rival Eldalil in Royal Ascot’s Ribblesdale Stakes.
With the ground at the Curragh on the easy side of good the outcome could be decided by the filly who handles the conditions the best, and that could be Aidan O’Briens Remember When.