Darley Irish Oaks 2018 Preview

Forever Together winning the Oaks under Donnacha O’Brien. (Not our photo)

By Samantha

Some really good fillies have won this race like Enable last year, Snow Fairy and Seventh Heaven. The first renewal of this race was in 1895 and was ran over a mile but was later changed to the present distance in 1915. This year’s race could have some superstars lining up in the form of English Oaks winner Forever Together and Royal Ascot winner Magic Wand.

1.Bye Bye Baby
J-Seamie Heffernan
T-Aidan O’Brien

This filly is likely to be the pace angle in the race as she went off in front in the oaks. She’s a Listed winner at two on soft ground and her other two wins, one of which was a Group Three, were also on soft ground so she could struggle on this going. She ran well in the English Oaks when third to Forever Together and one place ahead of Magic wand. Eighth of ten on seasonal debut behind Mary Tudor, this will likely be stretching her stamina and is probably in the race just to be the pacemaker for the Ballydoyle contingent.

2.Forever Together
J-Donnacha O’Brien
T-Aidan O’Brien


This filly is extremely progressive. She stayed on really well in the Cheshire Oaks to grab second, three and a half lengths behind stablemate Magic Wand. They then reversed the form in the premier Fillies’ Classic, the Oaks, when Forever Together bolted up by four and a half lengths to her nearest challenger with Bye Bye Baby in third and Magic Wand eleven lengths behind the winner. She was beaten three and a half lengths in the Pretty Polly last time out and might not like the ground but if she’s good enough, she can win.

3.Magic Wand
J-Ryan Moore
T-Aidan O’Brien


Judged on jockey bookings, this horse has the best chance of the Ballydoyle runners. she won the Cheshire Oaks by three and a half lengths to Forever Together and then got beat eleven lengths in the Epsom Oaks by Forever Together. Next time out, she won the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot by four lengths and will enjoy the conditions. Definite chance.

4.Mary Tudor 
J-Billie Lee
T-Willie McCreery


Her only win came in a 1m2f Listed race and she had Bye Bye Baby behind her on that occasion. She was seventh in the Irish 1000 Guineas trial but didn’t run in the actual race and later ran well to be second in the Naas Oaks Trail beating Tissiak and Romiyna. This will be her first try at 1m4f and she may prefer softer ground. She will be out of her comfort zone but has promise.

J-Declan McDonogh
T-Dermot Weld


This filly has a lovely pedigree being by Nathaniel and out of Rose Quartz. She’s a half sister to Rajsaman who is the sire of French Derby and Guineas winner Brametot. On the track, she won her maiden by six lengths going away from the rest of the field over this trip but couldn’t quite handle the speed of a 1m2f race last time out when behind Mary Tudor and Tissiak. This is her ideal trip and is ridiculously overpriced at roughly 25/1.

6.Sea Of Class
J-James Doyle
T-William Haggas


Second on debut by a neck, she followed that up with two good wins in Listed company beating Athena who won the Belmont Oaks. She hasn’t tackled this trip yet but is related to horses who have got 1m3f well. William Haggas wouldn’t be sending her just for the day out so has to be feared.

J-Seamie Heffernan
T-Aidan O’Brien


Joseph O’Brien’s horse’s have been in flying form so far this season especially in the big races so she has to be respected but it doesn’t look as though she has the class to win this race. She won her maiden over 1m2f and was fifth in the trial for this race at Naas. Her form ties in with Sea If Class as she was beaten by Athena and her rival in this beat that filly by two lengths in a Listed race. Her half brother is a winner over 1m4f so is likely to stay this trip.

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