'Natalie' goes to top of Oaks betting
Owned by leading UK trainer Kevin Hutton but trained in Ireland by Martin Lanney, Forest Natalie stands atop the betting for the Sporting Press Micro ID Irish Oaks following a superb run in Saturday's second round of the Classic at Shelbourne.
Natalee didn't fly the lids but her early pace saw her lead by three lengths at the bend and she won by a length and a half from the fast-finishing Droopys Dargle in an exceptional 28.10.
John Linehan's Droopys Harbour was another exceptional performer as she won Heat 3 by three lengths from the strong-running Mrs Chippy in 28.19.
Even faster was Liam Dowling's Coolavanny Pet in Heat 5 where she stormed clear for a four-and-a-half length margin over Sidarian Fern in 28.17. The Pat Norris-trained Tibet made full use of her draw in Heat 4 as she took over on the bend and won by two and a half lengths in 28.48.
In the opening heat the Marie Gilbert-trained Vintage Year won the first-bend battle from Cabra Angel and held the strong-running rival by three parts of a length in 28.48s with Bangor Lily half a length back in third.
The card also included the final of the €10,000 Red Mills/ Frightful Flash Kennels Open Sales Unraced and Pat Buckley had a one-two with strong-running Borna Talent leading home Trade Fudge in 28.51.