Darley Irish Oaks (Fillies' Group 1) 1m 4f
- (3yo, 1m 4f, Class 1, 10 runners)
- Winner €232,000 2nd €76,000 3rd €36,000 4th €12,000 5th €8,000 6th €4,000
- Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 33.68s
- Off time: 18:06:05
Ballybacka Queen (IRE) 55
|3||126 9-0||P A Fahy||F M Berry||100||50/1|
Beyond Brilliance (IRE) 5
|3||126 9-0 h||A P O'Brien||Anastasia O'Brien||95||80/1|
Bracelet (IRE) 30
|3||126 9-0 h||A P O'Brien||C O'Donoghue||107||10/1|
|3||126 9-0||Richard Hannon||P J Dobbs||104||20/1|
Maid Of The Glens (IRE) 23
|3||126 9-0||J P Shanahan||R P Whelan||79||100/1|
Marvellous (IRE) 43
|3||126 9-0 b1||A P O'Brien||R L Moore||116||7/2|
Palace (IRE) 5
|3||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||102||12/1|
Tapestry (IRE) 29
|3||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||108||13/2|
Tarfasha (IRE) 43
|3||126 9-0||D K Weld||P J Smullen||111||7/4f|
|3||126 9-0||L M Cumani||K J Manning||111||4/1|
||3||D K Weld||W M Lordan||104||NR|
||3||9-0||A de Royer-Dupre||J P Murtagh||9/2|
The defection of Taghrooda gives this a much more open look with several of her Epsom victims now having a much better chance. Runner-up TARFASHA had no answer to John Gosden's winner but battled on for second spot just ahead of Volume, who didn't appear to enjoy the undulations and looks sure to make a fight of it again. Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous was beaten fair and square and Palace appeared to finds the trip too far and has won subsequently over shorter. Bracelet, won the Ribblesdale at Ascot though runner-up Lustrous finished very strongly and could reverse the form though the Epsom form looks stronger and Joseph's presence on board Tapestry suggests she could be the pick of the Ballydoyle quintet despite having never raced beyond a mile.
Vote Often 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Marvellous (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) hvy in May.
Bracelet (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, switched left and headway on wide outside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, soon ridden, led over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure, won at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun beating Lustrous (9-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Tapestry (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) In rear, headway on inner over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 12, 3l behind Rizeena (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Volume 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led 10f out, pushed along over 2f out, headed 2f lout, chased winner, no chance when hung badly left on camber over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 17, 4l behind Taghrooda (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Beyond Brilliance (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, stayed on into 5th 1f out, kept on final furlong to 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Palace (9-0) at Killarney 1m fll lst stks (1) gd.
Tarfasha (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside travelling well over 3f out, went 3rd well over 2f out, ridden 2f out, edging left when bumped over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd post, no chance with impressive winner, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Taghrooda (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Maid Of The Glens (IRE) 13-8 (8-11) Chased leader, soon led, made rest, clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Hamilton 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Jun beating Ehtifaal (9-2) by 6l, 5 ran.
Lustrous 16-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, headway over 2f out, switched left and ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Bracelet (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Marvellous (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and switched right 3f out, headway under pressure soon after, hard driven and no impression 2f out, beaten over 1f out, 6th of 17, 9l behind Taghrooda (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Ballybacka Queen (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 3f out, soon weakened quickly, 10th of 11, 23l behind Marvellous (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) hvy in May.
Palace (IRE) 11-8fav (9-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th under 3f out, under pressure in 6th 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on well final furlong to lead last 50 yards, won at Killarney 1m fll lst stks (1) gd beating Dalkova (9-9) by 1/2l, 12 ran.