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Fillies Classic likely to stay IN IRELAND aFTER Taghrooda IS RULED OUT OF OAKS

The last five renewals of the Darley Irish Oaks all went for export and indeed, with the exception of Aidan O'Brien's hat-trick in the race between 2006 and 2008, it has really been a profitable hunting ground for raiding parties since 2004.

Since Tuesday's forfeit stage it looked all but certain we were going to hail another yet another English trained filly for the Irish Classic but despite plenty of support in the ante-post market, John Gosden's Epsom heroine Taghrooda has been redirected and an Irish trainer winner of tomorrow's Curragh showpiece is now more than likely.

O'Brien will look for a fourth Irish Oaks triumph and will saddle five in his search with the jockey bookings causing some slight surprise.

Joseph O'Brien, undoubtedly in consultation with his father and 'the lads' has opted against the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner and also turned down Bracelet, the Ribblesdale winner from Royal Ascot, all in favour of Tapestry who is 0/2 this season and 2/5 in her career.

An interesting call indeed, but in recent times the Ballydoyle team haven't done a bad job in getting these type of calls right. Ryan Moore will renew his association with Guineas winner Marvellous, Colm O'Donoghue gets the nod for Bracelet, Seamie Heffernan is on Monday's Killarney winner Palace and Ana O'Brien will have her first Classic ride on Beyond Brilliance.

While ruling out Taghrooda from the Irish Oaks, owner Sheikh Hamdan had the insurance of Epsom runner-up Tarfasha who is trained by the currently red-hot Dermot Weld and the master of Rosewell will be putting his strategic Galway planning on hold in a bid to win a third Irish Oaks.

Luca Cumani's Volume will bid to continue the famine of home-based horses in the race having finished third at Epsom, while Lustrous runs for Richard Hannon.

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