Even Song beats Ajman Princess in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony O’Hehir 7:30AM 16 JUL 2016
EVEN SONG, the Ribblesdale Stakes winner, heads Aidan O’Brien’s bid for a fifth win in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh today when the Ballydoyle trainer will be four-handed in the fillies’ Classic.
Many fillies have made the journey from the Royal Ascot event to the Irish Oaks, but since Alydaress completed the double in 1989 only two others – Bolas in 1994 and Bracelet, trained by O’Brien, two years ago – have won both races.
Looking forward to Even Song’s bid for Classic glory, the Ballydoyle trainer, who won three consecutive runnings of the race with Alexandrova (2006), Peeping Fawn (2007) and Moonstone (2008), said: “Even Song is in good form. She had a short break after Ascot and we’ve been happy with her since. She seems to handle most types of ground and we’re looking forward to running her.”
Palmer seeks second win
O’Brien is also represented by Pretty Perfect, Somehow and Seventh Heaven, though Even Song is undoubtedly the main hope at a general 4-5 on Saturday morning.
Second favourite is the Hugo Palmer-trained Architecture, who looked for a brief moment in the Oaks to have Minding’s measure before ultimately finishing a clear second.
Palmer, who won last year’s Irish Oaks with Covert Love, said: “Even Song is a very good and unexposed filly, but facing her is certainly not as daunting as taking on her stablemate Minding, that’s for sure. And we got to within two lengths of her at Epsom.”