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DARLEY IRISH OAKS (Group 1)
The Curragh, Turf, 2400m
17 July 2011
Godolphin’s G1 1000 Guineas victress Blue Bunting (Dynaformer) was nabbed on the line for third in last month’s G1 Epsom Oaks, earning Frankie Dettori a hefty ban for dropping his hands, but the jockey made no mistake in the G1 Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh yesterday, and the filly emulated her Newmarket swoop to bag a second Classic win.
In the rear for most of the contest, the well-backed 5-2 second favorite surged wide and late to oust Banimpire (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor) by a short head on the line, with G1 Epsom Oaks second, Wonder of Wonders (Kingmambo), a further half-length back in third. Epsom victress Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer) held every chance at the two pole and kept on resolutely to finish a close-up fifth.
“It was a bit of a mess at Epsom, but I came here with every chance and genuinely thought we could win,” insisted Dettori. “I think the natural step would be the Yorkshire Oaks Gr1 (18 August), but Sheikh Mohammed will decide, as he may well have other plans.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News