The Irish answer to the Epsom Oaks takes place this weekend, with a competitive field aiming to claim glory at the Curragh. There are plenty of options across the field, but just who will scoop up the prize money here? It’s going to be a close run thing across the 1 mile 4 furlong course, but we’ve got you covered with our latest predictions and betting tips.
Irish Oaks Tips and Betting Offers, the Curragh, Saturday 20th July 2019
Irish Oaks Betting Tips and Offers
Irish Oaks Betting Offers
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The current frontrunner in this race is Iridessa, who can be found at 9/4 with Coral to top the pile this weekend. The Joseph O’Brien-trained horse is bound to be a contender, but the price has been cut down thanks to a recent victory at this track. However, the bookies aren’t entirely convinced, as they’ve left Pink Dogwood as an option at 11/4 with Ladbrokes. That’s despite a record of defeats to other contenders in this race, including Iridessa and Trethias.
While those two are out in front, we think that third-favourite Star Catcher has flown under the radar as a result. Trained by John Godson, she has a great record of three straight top three finishes, including victories at Ascot and Newbury. It helps that the trainer has a decent record at this course, winning this race twice before, in 2012 and 2017.
The fact that her most recent win came at this distance – with many of the contenders not having a wealth of experience over 12 furlongs – does obviously help. So does the recent hit rate of Gosden, who has landed 10 wins across the last two weeks. We expect him to add to that with success at the Curragh in the Irish Oaks, as we are backing Star Catcher at 9/2 with Coral this weekend.
One option we like the look of is Trethias, despite the fact that she is a little bit on the young side. The three-year old has a solid run behind her, already posting a couple of solid victories. The first came at this course back in August, so we expect her to put in a good showing when she takes a run at the Irish Oaks. It helps that she’s in form going into this one, following a third place at Leopardstown and a win at Naas late in June.
There’s also form behind trainer John Harrington, with 12 victories in the last two weeks. That could spur on Trethias to claim a victory this weekend, which makes her a value option here in our book. We’re backing the three-year-old each way here at 16/1 with bet365, who are paying out on the top three at the Irish Oaks.
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