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CHICQUITA : IRISH OAKS WIN FOR GOLDEN SWORD RELATIVE

Chicquita - Irish Oaks
Chicquita - Irish Oaks

Watch Chicquita winning the Irish Oaks Gr1

(Photo : The Telegraph - Footage : Racing Post)

DARLEY IRISH OAKS (Group 1)

The Curragh, Turf, 2414m

21 July 2013

Sarah Whitelaw - Chicquita, winner of Saturday’s G1 Darley Irish Oaks, is closely related to Summerhill’s exciting young sire, Golden Sword.

Chicquita’s fifth dam is Soumana - the third dam of former Irish Derby runner up and young sire Golden Sword.

The latter, whose first foals are born this year, is the only sire of boom sire High Chaparral.

Chicquita, like Golden Sword, is by a Sadler’s Wells line sire, Montjeu - so the two are clearly closely related.

Runner up in the French Oaks, Chicquita is clearly one of the most talented horses of her generation.

This is the great Lost Soul family, responsible for one of South Africa’s greatest sires - Royal Prerogative.

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GODOLPHIN GET ONE BACK – AT LAST

Frankie Dettori aboard Blue Bunting - Irish Oaks
Frankie Dettori aboard Blue Bunting - Irish Oaks

Frankie Dettori celebrates Blue Bunting’s Irish Oaks victory

(Photo : The Guardian)

BLUE BUNTING

Irish Oaks

It’s been a tough year for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, with Coolmore and their associates sweeping all before them. Sunday things turned around for Sheikh Mohammed though, as Blue Bunting got up in the dying strides to take the Irish Oaks (Gr1) and grab the laurels by a nose. It doesn’t get much closer than that, though Coolmore-sired horses filled the next two places with Banimpire and Wonder Of Wonders.

The extent of the Irish domination of the European classic season thus far is apparent in the accompanying table, which reflects victory in 8 of the 10 classics in 2011.

Race

Cheque Earners

Sire

Epsom Derby (Gr.1)

1st Pour Moi

Montjeu

2nd Treasure Beach

Galileo

4th Memphis Tennessee

Hurricane Run

Irish Derby (Gr.1)

1st Treasure Beach

Galileo

2nd Seville

Galileo

3rd Memphis Tennessee

Hurricane Run

Epsom Oaks (Gr.1)

1st Dancing Rain

Danehill Dancer

2nd Wonder Of Wonders

Kingmambo

Irish Oaks (Gr.1)

1st Blue Bunting

Dynaformer

2nd Banimpire

Holy Roman Emperor

3rd Wonder Of Wonders

Kingmambo

English 2000 Guineas (Gr.1)

1st Frankel

Galileo

2nd Dubawi Gold

Dubawi

Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr.1)

1st Roderic O’Connor

Galileo

2nd Dubawi Gold

Dubawi

3rd Oracle

Danehill Dancer

English 1000 Guineas (Gr.1)

1st Blue Bunting

Dynaformer

2nd Together

Galileo

Irish 1000 Guineas (Gr.1)

1st Misty For Me

Galileo

2nd Together

Galileo

Bold denotes Coolmore Sires

Time was when Godolphin enjoyed their own dominance of the classic scene, but it was in the days when they still patronised the progeny of the Coolmore stallions in the sales ring. The “stand-off” has altered things somewhat, and while Dubawi and Shamardal put in an ominous run last year, they are notable by their absence this year. This can only be a temporary “blip” though, as they’re as decent a pair as there is, and we’re bound to see more of them and their runners in years to come.

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BLUE BUNTING WINS DARLEY IRISH OAKS

Blue Bunting wins the Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh
Blue Bunting wins the Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh

Click above to watch Blue Bunting winning the Darley Irish Oaks

(Image : Godolphin - Footage : At The Races)

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

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