By Jack Haynes 6:04PM 16 JUL 2016
Report: Curragh, Saturday
Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1), 1m4f, 3yo fillies
SEVENTH HEAVEN bounced back from a disappointing effort in the Investec Oaks to give Aidan O’Brien a fifth victory in the Curragh Classic as stablemate and odds-on favourite Even Song finished well beaten.
Paddy Power make the Irish Oaks winner 5-1 joint-favourite (from 33) for the Yorkshire Oaks following her first win at the highest level after she beat Hugo Palmer’s Architecture in second with Mick Channon’s Harlequeen third.
Pretty Perfect, one of four runners trained by O’Brien, ensured there was a decent tempo to the race though it was Frankie Dettori who went for glory aboard the Investec Oaks second Architecture with two furlongs to go.
It appeared to be a race-winning move, though not for long, as Seamie Heffernan had it covered aboard Seventh Heaven, who quickened up well in the final furlong to land a convincing win.
Even Song, who drifted in the market prior to the off, was held up for a late run but failed to quicken in the home straight – with Ryan Moore eventually easing off the Ribblesdale winner.
Ribblesdale second Ajman Princess similarly disappointed with Andrea Atzeni pushing the daughter of Teofilo along on the turn to the straight, and with little response, the Italian rider let her make her own way home at the rear of the field.
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