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Was set for cut at Oaks double

EPSOM Oaks heroine Was looks on course to bid for an Oaks double as she was one of 11 fillies remaining at yesterday's final forfeit stage for the Darley-sponsored Classic at the Curragh on Sunday.

Aidan O'Brien has left six in the race which he last won with Moonstone in 2008, the last time the race was won by an Irish trainer.

Eddie Lynam, Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld are the other three Irish trainers with possible representatives in this year's renewal of the €400,000 race and two fillies were added to the field yesterday morning.

Both Great Heavens, who won the Lanchasire Oaks recently for John Gosden at Haydock, and the Lynam-trained Colliding Worlds, who won on her second start just last Thursday night, have been supplemented at a cost of €40,000 to connections.

Bookmakers Paddy Power and William Hill have priced up the penultimate Classic of the Irish season and done so with differing opinions.

Dermot Weld's Royal Ascot winner Princess Highway, who is unbeaten on her three starts this season, is the 2/1 favourite with Paddy Power, while Hill's go 2/1 about Great Heavens and 9/4 Princess Highway.

Aidan O'Brien's Was is 9/4 with Powers, while she is as big as 11/4 with William Hill who 6/1 bar.

Despite the inclusion of six O'Brien entries, it does have a competitive feel to it with the Weld and Gosden intended runners and the other supplemented runner Colliding Worlds can be backed at 20/1 with William Hill.

Lucy Rhodes of William Hill said yesterday: "Although O'Brien has ruled the Classics this year, any supplemented entry from the John Gosden stable has to be treated with the utmost respect while Princess Highway couldn't have been more impressive at Ascot."

The Curragh also race on Saturday and due to the GAA All-Ireland Qualifier between Kildare and Limerick being moved to Portlaoise (7.0), the racecourse have decided to move their first race to a slightly earlier time to allow people more time to travel to the game with the first now off at 2.05 and the last at 5.15.

In other betting news, Ladbrokes have reported some good early support for Carlingford Lough who is 12/1 from 16/1 for the Galway Hurdle which was only priced up on Monday.


John Kiely's former Galway Festival winner was an impressive winner last time out and has been allotted 10st3lbs for the summer showpiece, although as it stands will need 10 horses above him to come out, to make the field on August 2.

The race features last year's winner, Moon Dice, who is headed by just one in the weights, that being Edward O'Grady's The Real Article who was last year's favourite following his controversial run at Tipperary 11 days before Galway -- a race for which he again holds an entry this weekend.

Current favourite for this year's Galway Hurdle is Donald McCain's Lexi's Boy who will bid to follow on from the success of his stable companion Overturn back in 2010, while the clearly very progressive Whatever Jacksays is also prominent.

Ladbrokes have also clipped Willie Mullins' Grade One winner Blackstairmountain from 12/1 into 10/1 for the Galway Plate as he moves joint second favourite with his stable-mate Raptor and Oliver McKiernan's three-time Grade One winner Follow The Plan. Still the favourite for the Galway Plate is last year's winner, Blazing Tempo, also trained by Willie Mullins.