Irish Oaks Curragh Betting
The Irish Oaks is one of the major three-year-old races of the season in Ireland, as Freebetshere.com brings you the latest horse racing free bets to pick up on all the action from Curragh in the Emerald Isle.
Run at the Curragh over 12 furlongs, it is the Irish equivalent to the Oaks run at Epsom and is restricted for fillies. Along with the Irish Derby, Irish 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas and Irish St Leger, the Irish Oaks is classified as an Irish Classic race and has huge importance within racing traditionalists.
With the race falling perfectly after the Oaks at Epsom, it is a common occurrence that horses can do the double.
Eight in total have achieved the feat, with the first being Masaka in 1948. Some other high-profile fillies to have won both include the brilliant Clive Britain-trained User Friendly in 1992, and more recently Ouija Board in 2004.
She was trained by Ed Dunlop, who also did the double with Snow Fairy in 2010 and has a wonderful record in this race. Another trainer with good recent results in the race is Sir Michael Stoute and any of his runners taking up an entry in the Irish Oaks is certainly worth a second glance.
He has six winners to his name in the race, with Petrushka perhaps the most impressive, winning the 2000 Irish Oaks by an impressive five and a half lengths. The 2012 renewal was won by the John Gosden-trained Great Heavens, who was actually supplemented for the race after an impressive spell of wins in England.
The daughter of Galileo, who is a full sister to King George and Eclipse winner Nathaniel, showed a great turn of foot in the final strides to land a very close race.
She broke the 10-year trend of the winner coming from the first two in the betting and was the second horse to run well in the Irish Oaks after winning the Lancashire Oaks.