Even Song (right) and Ajman Princess will meet again at the Curragh
PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony O’Hehir 10:50AM 14 JUL 2016
EVEN SONG, winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, heads up a team of four Aidan O’Brien-trained fillies for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday when the Ballydoyle trainer will be bidding to win the Classic for the fifth time.
Ajman Princess, runner-up in the Ribblesdale, and Architecture, the Investec Oaks second, are also among the 12 left in the race following the final declaration stage on Thursday morning.
Hugo Palmer, trainer of Architecture, will also be represented by We Are Ninety for whom Pat Smullen, who won the race for the trainer on Covert Love a year ago, has been booked.
Harlequeen, who finished third in the Investec Oaks, will represent Mick Channon while Somehow and Seventh Heaven, fourth and sixth respectively in the Epsom Classic, and Pretty Perfect complete the Ballydoyle quartet.
Joseph O’Brien has declared seven-race maiden Way To My Heart who will be his first Classic runner. The trainer’s sister, Ana, rides.
The ground at the Curragh on Thursday morning is good on the round course and good to yielding on the straight track. There was 4.8 millimetres of rain overnight. The forecast is for mainly dry weather with the risk of some showers.