Irish Oaks Preview: Betting Tips, Enhanced Odds Betting Offers and Odds, 5.30 The Curragh, 21st July 2018
Irish Oaks day at the Curragh is one of the County Kildare venue’s main events of the year. Read on for the best odds and offers, as well as our betting tips for this historic Classic contest.
First run at the Curragh in 1895, this 1m4f Group 1 contest for the three year old fillies is the penultimate Irish Classic of the season and now offers €400,000 in total prizes. Follow are tips or not but be sure to take a look at all the available horse racing free bets for this race. Why turn down extra value if all it takles is joining a new betting site?
Irish Oaks Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Magic Wand to win at 6/4 with Bet365
Irish Oaks Betting Offers
- Offers and free bets to follow soon.
Betting Preview and Tips 2018
The Group 1 Irish Oaks stands as the fourth Irish Classic of the season and the second of two which is restricted to fillies only. Where else can it take place other than The Curragh which has long been the home of all the five Classics. There are seven horses in contention for a share of the €400,000 purse including three who featured in the Epsom Oaks earlier in the season.
Magic Want heads Aidan O’Brien pack
Aidan O’Brien has a large presence in this race with three entries, Bye Bye Baby, Forever Together and Magic Wand. The fact that Ryan Moore will be riding Magic Wand points out who O’Brien views as his strongest hope. The filly finished a slightly disappointing fourth in the Epsom Oaks, 11 lengths behind stablemate Forever Together but don’t write her off because of this.
She can be excused for being off the pace as the soft ground was not to her liking, something she also showed at Leopardstown in April. We’re set for much firmer going at the Curragh this weekend and what a huge boost this will be for her chances. When tested on good to firm during the Ribblesdale Stakes, the bay filly put in a commanding performance, the best we’ve seen from her so far.
Sea of Class looking to push on from Listed success
Narrowly trailing Magic Wand in the betting is Sea of Class (2/1, Betfred) who is yet to be given an outing at Group level. She’s more than proven her worth at Listed class though, winning back to back races at Newbury over the last two months. In both races the chestnut filly looked comfortable as she held off the chasing pack so a step up in standard is due.
A lack of distance experience could perhaps work against her here though. While the likes of Magic Wand and Forever Together had previously been tested over a mile and half, Sea of Class has only raced as far as 10 furlongs. While she’s a progressive type, she’ll do well to edge out Magic Wand on her mile and half debut.
Double Oaks win unlikely for Forever Together
Forever Together (9/2, Betfair) won the Epsom Oaks at the start of June but was soundly beaten by Urban Fox in the Pretty Polly Stakes exactly a month later. Aidan O’Brien’s horse was the 4/6 favourite to claim another Group 1 crown but it seemed as though the good to firm ground worked against her.
The reduced trip perhaps wasn’t ideal either and a return to 1m 4f will help her stay competitive. The drying ground should ultimately prove telling though and market confidence in stablemate Magic Wand is justified. Favourites have only won one of the last five Irish Oaks renewals but it’s hard to see who can have the beating of the shortest-priced option this renewal.
Irish Oaks Previous Winners
- 2017 – Enable – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2016 – Seventh Heaven – jockey Seamie Heffernan, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Covert Love – jockey Pat Smullen, trainer Hugo Palmer
- 2014 – Bracelet – jockey Colm O’Donoghue, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2013 – Chicquita – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Alain de Royer-Dupré
- 2012 – Great Heavens – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosden
- 2011 – Blue Bunting – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni
- 2010 – Snow Fairy – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Ed Dunlop
- 2009 – Sariska – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Michael Bell
- 2008 – Moonstone – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Peeping Fawn – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2006 – Alexandrova – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Aidan O’Brien
The Irish Oaks was first run at the Curragh in 1895, 116 years after its English forbearer first took place at Epsom Downs. The initial distance of one mile was however more in line with the other Classic contests of the 1000 and 2000 Guineas. 1915 marked the year in which the race was first held over 1m4f and it has remained this way ever since.
The prestige and value of this final fillies-only Classic of the British and Irish season has steadily grown since the win of Sapling in that inaugural edition, with the race now regularly attracting fillies to have run at Epsom, as well as a number of classy performers from France.
Doing the Double
It took over 50 years until Masaka entered the record books as the first filly to record the English and Irish Oaks double. Star performers such as Altesse Royale, Juliette Marny, Fair Salinia and Blue Wind are amongst those to have repeated this feat since then.
One of the most successful winners in the history of this race, certainly on an international scale, is the 1973 heroine, Dahlia. In addition to her success here, the Maurice Zilber trained filly also boasted top level wins in England, France, Canada and the USA. Highlights included a six length slamming of the field in the 1973 King George. One of the racing worlds truly brilliant fillies, she has the first female runner anywhere in the world to earn more than $1million.
Best of the Best?
The greatest winner of the early 21st century was undoubtedly the Ed Dulop trained Ouija Board. Having also scored at Epsom, this daughter of Cape Cross went on to further success in the Hong Kong Vase and most famously of all at the Breeders Cup. Having won the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf in 2004, and then finishing second in the same race in 2005, Ouija Board became just the second horse to regain a Breeder’s Cup title of any description when again conquering her rivals in 2006.
Best Trainers and Jockeys
The accolade of most successful trainer belongs not to an Irishman but an Englishman. With six wins in all between the years of 1978 and 2000, it is Sir Michael Stoute who leads the way.
Six is also the magic number amongst the jockeys. Having passed Willie Carson’s record of four wins, when riding Moonstone to victory for Aidan O’Brien in 2008, Irishman Johnny Murtagh moved further clear when teaming up with French trainer Alain de Royer-Dupré for Chicquita’s success in 2013.