Race-by-Race tips for a scintillating Irish Oaks card at the Curragh!

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The Curragh hosts the best of the action in the UK & Ireland on Saturday, including one of the biggest races of the season, the Irish Oaks. Ennistymon and Snow head up a strong Aidan O’Brien charge, but in a classic rarity, he doesn’t hold the favourite!

It’s a feast of action, with three other Group contests and a premier handicap to get stuck into! We’ve got horse racing tips for every race at the Curragh on Saturday, as the flat season continues to whet the appetite!

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Johannes Vermeer’s brother made a hugely promising debut over course and distance last month, finishing a running on third after dwelling from the gates and coming home strongly despite a poor passage. Compensation should await this exciting type now he holds racecourse experience.


This Group 2 prize looks in the grasp of Aidan O’Brien’s charge, who broke through at the third time of asking after being stepped up to twelve furlongs. He hit the line strongly after looking vulnerable and should relish this step up in distance on that basis. With plenty more to come, he’s going to be very difficult to stop in the first-time blinkers.


Showing little in seven-furlong maidens, he came into his own when upped to ten furlongs on debut at Roscommon, showing a gutsy attitude to score in great style. He’s now nine pounds higher, but he’s completely unexposed over the distance and we’re nowhere near the bottom of this son of Power just yet.


Ken Condon’s charge sets the standard in this contest by eight pounds on ratings. A Group 1 winner at Deauville last August, he’s been absent since losing out by a nose to subsequent Queen Anne winner Circus Maximus in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp. He’s gone well fresh previously and last year’s form puts him some way clear of the field on level terms.


Returning with a very good third at Newmarket last month, his disappointing All-Weather debut at Newcastle can easily be excused. He’s on a very dangerous mark on the best of 2019 form, which includes a fourth in a similar contest at York off eleven pounds higher. The race will be run to suit and this versatile seven-year-old has excellent claims.


Ger Lyon’s son of Toronado made the perfect start to his career by winning at Limerick three weeks ago. A £105,000 yearling, he’s clearly well-regarded and should have plenty more to offer for one of Ireland’s top yards. He’s completely unexposed and looks the one to beat in this two-year-old contest.


A winner on debut at Gowran Park, Aidan O’Brien’s filly was narrowly denied by Even So in a Listed race at Naas on her second career start. That was over ten furlongs and stepping up to the twelve-furlong distance will really help matters on that evidence. Unexposed and still brimming with potential, a big run in the Irish Oaks is on the cards.


Although she’s been seen more often over further, the only time we’ve seen this filly over the twelve-furlong distance, she was a winner at Limerick last summer. Her return over two miles at this venue was very promising and dropped back to this distance in a race that should have plenty of pace, she’s touted to pick up the pieces late.


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