Ajman Princess chased home Even Song in the Ribblesdale
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 11:27AM 12 JUL 2016
RIBBLESDALE STAKES runner-up Ajman Princess has been supplemented to the Darley Irish Oaks field, at a cost of €40,000 (£33,768).
Ajman Princess found only Even Song, the odds-on favourite for the Irish Oaks, too good when finishing a one-and-a-half length second in the Ribblesdale at Ascot. However, the pair are now likely to meet again as trainer Aidan O’Brien confirmed on Wednesday that Even Song will be Ballydoyle’s leading hope for Saturday’s feature race – with Minding heading for the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
A daughter of Teofilo, Ajman Princess is still a maiden having finished second in each of her four starts to date, however trainer Roger Varian pointed towards her significant progress behind the decision to supplement her for the Group 1 race and hopes for good showing.
“I am very thankful Sheikh Mohammed Obaid has agreed to supplement Ajman Princess for the Irish Oaks at the weekend,” he said. “I feel she is a filly who is progressing at a rate of knots and she will certainly not look out of place in Group 1 company based on her Royal Ascot form.
“I think the galloping nature of the Curragh will suit her and she is versatile in terms of ground. It looks like being just on the easy side at the weekend, which should not prove problematic.
“Obviously we have a length-and-a-half to find with Even Song, and she sets a high form standard, but our filly is getting better all the time and I hope she can be very competitive.”
With €36,000 in prize-money for finishing third Ajman Princess will need to finish at least second to return a profit on her owner’s investment.
The final round of forfeits for Saturday’s race will be announced this afternoon, with the final field to be confirmed on Thursday, however the market is currently headed by Even Song at a best priced 4-9.