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  • 15:45 Darley Irish Oaks 1m 4f

  • (Fillies' Group 1) €425,000 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner €246,500 2nd €80,750 3rd €38,250 4th €12,750
  • Going: Yielding to Soft (Round Course: Yielding)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 42.97s
  • Off time: 15:46:54

Full result

15:45 Curragh Result 17th July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Blue Bunting (USA) 9-0 L Dettori M Al Zarooni 3 5/2
Mid-division, moderate 7th halfway, headway into 5th 3f out, ridden 2f out, switched to outer over 1f out, ran on well final furlong to lead on line opened 3/1 touched 10/3
2nd (5) s.h Banimpire (IRE) 9-0 K J Manning J S Bolger 3 8/1
Settled behind leaders, moderate 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 3f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, strongly pressed and kept on final furlong, headed on line opened 8/1 touched 8/1
3rd (6) ½ Wonder of Wonders (USA) 9-0 R L Moore A P O'Brien 3 5/4f
Settled behind leaders, moderate 6th halfway, headway into 4th 3f out, improved to challenge 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home opened 6/4 touched 6/4
4th (4) s.h Laughing Lashes (USA) 9-0 F M Berry Mrs J Harrington 3 15/2
Held up towards rear, headway in 6th 3f out, ridden in 4th 2f out, rider lost whip over 1f out, stayed on to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home opened 7/1 touched 15/2
5th (7) Dancing Rain (IRE) 9-0 J P Murtagh W J Haggas 3 5/1
Settled behind leaders, moderate 4th halfway, headway in 2nd 3f out, led over 2 1/2f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace opened 9/2 touched 5/1
6th (2) 3 Gemstone (IRE) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 80/1
Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 3f out, ridden in 6th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace opened 100/1 touched 100/1
7th (9) 23 Rumh (GER) 9-0 P J Smullen Saeed bin Suroor 3 33/1
Chased leaders in 3rd, improved to lead over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2 1/2f out, no extra and weakened, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1
8th (1) 26 Hurricane Havoc (IRE) 9-0 R P Cleary J S Bolger 3 100/1
Soon disputed, 2nd halfway, led 5f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, soon weakened, completely tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
9th (8) 11 Amazing Beauty (IRE) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 66/1
Led and disputed, ridden halfway, headed 5f out, weakened 4f out, completely tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.70 Tote Place: £1.40,2.20,1.02
Straight Forecast: £23.26 Exacta: £26.50

Placepot: €92.30, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

The most pulsating of finishes as Frankie Dettori drove BLUE BUNTING home on the outside to pip Banimpire in the shadows of the line, and make up for a disappointing Epsom Oaks when the filly finished fourth and Dettori was banned for dropping his hands in the dying strides. Back to this run, and this was a performance of real guts and courage as she looked well-held with a furlong to run but found reserves of energy to rally towards the outside of the field and cut down her rivals in the final stride. She is stoutly bred so there was never any doubt that she would prove effective over this mile-and-a-half trip and this likeable filly is a real credit to connections. Quite whether she could cut the mustard against the colts in something like the Arc is probably unlikely, however she will be the one to beat if continuing to race against her own sex, with something like the Yorkshire Oaks an obvious next port of call. Runner-up Banimpire is as tough as her trainer and she had fought off every single one of her rivals with 100 yards to run. However she was powerless to stop the late surge of the winner and was cruelly cut down. She has been aggressively campaigned this season but has met every single challenge with relish and this looks to be a career-best by some way. Third, and far from disgraced, was hot-favourite Wonder Of Wonders. This was the softest ground that she had faced, and whilst she seemed to handle it, it may not have suited her totally. Interestingly she, along with the winner, reversed the form with Epsom winner Dancing Rain who was a fine fifth. She was given a more patient ride than on the Downs, probably because of the three outsiders setting a strong pace, and had every chance here having been tied for the lead with two furlongs to run. One place ahead of her, and perhaps a tad unlucky, was Laughing Lashes. She travelled very powerfully and only had two lengths to find with two to run, however her jockey lost his whip with a furlong to go and she lost momentum. Having been ahead of Blue Bunting at the time of that incident, she may go down as an unfortunate loser. She built on her Irish Guineas third with this performance and looks a better filly on her home soil. Rumh was well-beaten having chased the pace, whilst Hurricane Havoc travelled well but ultimately paid the price when the race started to hot up.