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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Sea Of Class looking to spoil Oaks party for Ballydoyle trio

Magic Wand, Forever Together and Sea Of Class all feature in a field of just seven runners for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh tomorrow.. Stock photo: Getty Images
Magic Wand, Forever Together and Sea Of Class all feature in a field of just seven runners for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh tomorrow.. Stock photo: Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Magic Wand, Forever Together and Sea Of Class all feature in a field of just seven runners for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh tomorrow.

Magic Wand comfortably beat stablemate Forever Together at Chester in the spring but the latter reversed the form in some style when claiming Classic glory in the Investec Oaks at Epsom, with Magic Wand only fourth.

However, Magic Wand is a hot favourite to re-assert her superiority tomorrow following an impressive victory in last month's Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Since her Epsom heroics, Forever Together has suffered an odds-on defeat in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien, who is bidding for his sixth Irish Oaks success, also saddles Bye Bye Baby.

The filly widely regarded as the biggest threat to the Ballydoyle trio is the William Haggas-trained Sea Of Class.

The daughter of Sea The Stars steps up in grade following successive Listed triumphs at Newbury.

Willie McCreery's Mary Tudor, the Dermot Weld-trained Romiyna and Tissiak from Joseph O'Brien's yard complete the line-up.

Meanwhile, Play The Game lunged late under Jonathan Moore to claim a last-gasp victory in the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle at Killarney yesterday.

Line Out and Gold Seal were the 11/4 joint-favourites and the former looked set to prevail after moving smoothly into contention and kicking clear after the second flight from home.

However, Play The Game landed almost alongside after jumping the last and, following a thrilling duel, it was the Tom Gibney-trained 8/1 shot who prevailed by half a length.

John Lonergan's 14/1 shot Jazz Mine bolted up in the opening Maiden Hurdle in the hands of Eamonn Corbett, coming home 14 lengths clear of 13/8 favourite Agusta Gold.

Irish Independent

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