Tuesday 24 April 2018

Curvy spearheads Oaks field


Royal Ascot winner Curvy heads a classy field of 10 for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

David Wachman's filly has made great progress this season, culminating with victory in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

She runs in the Coolmore silks, with Wayne Lordan back on board in the absence of the injured Ryan Moore.

Coolmore have four other strong contenders, all trained by Aidan O'Brien, including surprise Investec Oaks winner Qualify.

Together Forever, Kissed By Angels and the unbeaten Words all represent Ballydoyle too.

Jessica Harrington's Jack Naylor, sixth in the Oaks at Epsom, has also been declared alongside Jim Bolger's Stellar Glow.

Bolger's Irish Guineas winner Pleascach is, however, an absentee.

There is a powerful contingent from the United Kingdom, with James Fanshawe's Speedy Boarding and Hugo Palmer's Covert Love stepping up in class.

The John Gosden-trained Gretchen, fifth in the Ribblesdale on her just her second run, completes the field.

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