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Saturday 18 November 2017

Enable to show her class at the Curragh

Enable, with Frankie Dettori on board, on the way to winning the Epsom Oaks last month. Pic: Edward Whitaker
Enable, with Frankie Dettori on board, on the way to winning the Epsom Oaks last month. Pic: Edward Whitaker

This season has posed more questions than answers in the the mile to middle distance three-year-old colt division but there seems to be a fairly definite pecking order where the fillies are concerned.

A Guineas double and a Coronation Stakes for Winter makes her the stand-out filly and her form was franked by Roly Poly becoming Aidan O'Brien's latest Group One winner by taking the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket yesterday after settling for second behind Winter on her previous two outings.

Over further, Enable's Epsom Oaks massacre has propelled her to the top of the middle distance ranks and she'll look to confirm that position as the best filly around over a mile and a half today in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

John Gosden brings two runners to Aidan O'Brien's backyard and they warrant their places in the betting as Enable to the 2/5 favourite with BoyleSports and Coronet is widely the joint second favourite with recent Pretty Polly Stakes runner-up, Rain Goddess.

It is the latter that looks to be O'Brien's best chance to continue his clean sweep of the Irish Classic's this season but don't be surprised if it is John Gosden who leaves the Curragh with an Irish Oaks 1-2 to celebrate this time around.

O'Brien's Group One dozen for 2017 is much more likely to be brought up back at Newmarket where Caravaggio is the star on show.

He lines up in a competitive July Cup but this horse has proven he is the real deal and if the bookmakers want to take him on, it should prove a joyous afternoon for punters.

Unbeaten so far, that is a record that Coolmore will want to keep before he retires to stud and while the bare face of form of his opposition suggests a tough ask tomorrow, Aidan O'Brien was fairly clear when suggesting he had left something to work with when the horse won the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

We'll see today how much more there is to come from the son of Scat Daddy.

The Curragh stage a good card today, and tomorrow, as the summer continues to fly by and the countdown to Galway cranks up but it is a busy weekend for Irish trainers seeking out opportunities across the water with 12 Irish runners today and 17 tomorrow.

Interesting

Gordon Elliott and Colin McBratney are probably the most regular vistors outside of Aidan O'Brien and those two National Hunt men have eyed up Perth's card tomorrow, but it'll be very interesting to see how Joseph O'Brien fares out at Hamilton this afternoon.

The former champion jockey runs Intricately in the Irish Oaks today but also sends a lorry with five of his string to Hamilton's evening meeting and marker movers for those should be watched closely.

Curragh (TODAY)

3.10 Bond Street, 3.45 Have A Nice Day, 4.20 Tithonus, 4.50 Brother Bear, 5.20 Marsha, 5.55 Enable, 6.25 Miles To Memphis, 7.00 Air Supremacy.

Curragh (TOMORROW)

2.05 Magical, 2.35 Summerseat, Mist 3.10, Turret Rocks, 3.45 Spirit Of Valor, 4.15 New Terms, 4.45 Sure Reef, 5.15 Kamili 5.50.

Sligo

1.50 First Class Ticket, 2.25 Tay Lane, 2.55 Canny Tom, 3.30 Fridaynightlights, 4.05 Colette's Choice, 4.35 Kilcarry Bridge, 5.05 Itsonlyrocknroll.

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