The Irish Oaks at the Curragh is the headline race this weekend and, with John Gosden having decided to pitch Oaks winner and ante-post favourite Taghrooda into next week’s King George at Ascot, the race now has a much more open look to it.
Oaks second and third Tarfasha and Volume seeks to take advantage of their Epsom Conqueror’s absence, whilst Aidan O’Brien saddles five runners in his quest for a fourth Irish Oaks winner, having saddled a hat-trick from 2006-2008.
Only a nose separated Tarfasha and Volume at Epsom, whilst it was interesting that both fillies were well-backed before the off, which was in stark contrast to their eventual conqueror who drifted from 7/4 to an SP of 5/1 in the week before the race.
It’s easy to make a case for both fillies here, but the percentage call may be to back Marvellous. The Aidan O’Brien filly was sent off favourite at Epsom after winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas in fine style, however the 12 gap between those races probably wasn’t enough and she laboured into sixth place. She may also have not handled Epsom but, proven already at the Curragh, she is taken to exact her revenge here at an each-way price.
Marvellous each-way 5/1 or better
Newbury also holds an interesting card, and the return of multiple Group 1 winner Al Kazeem in the Doom Bar Stakes may well be the highlight. However, Roger Charlton’s superstar is likely to be race rusty on his return from a failed attempt to make him a leading stallion, and playing each-way on Triple Threat, who travels from France under the watch of master trainer Andre Fabre, may be the percentage call.
Triple Threat each-way 5/1
The most lucrative race on the card is the Weatherby’s Sprint worth over £120,000 to the winner. Tiggy Wiggy heads the weights after narrowly missing out in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, but conceding 15lb to John Quinn’s Harry Dancer, who was around six lengths behind Tiggy Wiggy in the Queen Mary, and wasn’t drawn as well as those in front of her.
Harry’s Dancer each-way 9/1
The group 3 Hackwood Stakes is a great opportunity for some sprinters just below top-level to get their nose in front, and last year’s winner Heerat looks to have been laid out for the race again and looks the value at 14/1 if the ground stays fast.
Heerat each-way 14/1