OVER in Ireland, there is some top-quality action from the Curragh tomorrow with the Irish Oaks (5.10pm) the highlight.
Iridessa looks likely to go off favourite after her impressive win in the Pretty Polly Stakes on her last start.
She looked to relish the step up to 1m2f that day and if she can handle the extra two furlongs again here, she’ll take plenty of beating.
However, we’re taking the fact she’ll stay on trust and given the forecasted rain, she has to be opposed at around 2/1.
Pink Dogwood finished over three lengths behind Iridessa in the Pretty Polly, but prior to that she was just touched off in the Investec Oaks at Epsom by Anapurna.
Though the step back up to 1m4f looks sure to suit, she has questions to answer given her run last time.
Ralph Beckett is renowned for doing well with his fillies and I think he has two live chances with MANUELA DE VEGA and ANTONIA DE VEGA, both of whom are available at around 10/1.
We haven’t seen the former since a very encouraging run in the Oaks, where she overcame a poor draw as well as traffic problems to stay on well for fourth.
This will be just the fifth run of her career and she looks the type to keep improving, while her breeding suggests the forecast rain should hold no fears.
From the same sire, Antonia De Vega looks well worth a go at this distance given her easy victory over 1m2f at Newbury last time.
The form of that four-length victory looks very solid as the runner-up, Star Terms, was a good winner of a Listed contest at Longchamp last Sunday.
Overall, Beckett plays a very strong hand with a pair of progressive fillies who look worthy of each way support.
Manuela De Vega e/w 5.10pm Curragh
Antonia De Vega e/w 5.10pm Curragh