Fancy Blue, the Irish Oaks’ gem, might skip on her Curragh trip for Nassau
The crowd was expecting to see an unforgettable double for the race this weekend with the winner of Irish champion races. However, the 21-year-old trainer- O’Brien presses on his decision that Fancy Blue needs more time between the races. Based on Nassau stakes, he states that this Irish Oaks favorite might be sent to Goodwood.
He also adds that the owners have other horses sent to different racecourses; therefore, finalizing the plans for Goodwood might not require much effort. Although he is convinced that Fancy Blue will be sent, the odds are high. The decision will determine the next steps for the winner’s upcoming races.
Trainer Donnacha further points out that Blue is performing great, however, the short gap between Irish Oaks and Nassau might make it difficult for her. The trainer and other team members will take their time in assessing both races and then make their decision. They too are certain about Fancy Blue skipping on Curragh to visit Goodwood.
Fancy Blue had won her latest race in Chantilly on 5th July. The trainers are thrilled about her win in France. They further stated that she is keeping up her ‘usual self’ and her performance. The winner is very ‘genuine’ and will continuously work harder.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien along with others are taking care of Irish Oak’s remaining fillies
Aidan O’Brien’s beloved ‘Love’ might not get another chance on its Saturday’s Classic, however, he will still stick with her. Aiden along with Ballydoyle’s trainer, Vincent O’Brien is left accountable for 6 of the total 12 fillies after the forfeit stage conflict on Tuesday. The runner-up of Investec Oaks, Ennistymon is not getting a green card to visit Curragh and race for the weekend.
Peaceful, the Irish 1000 Guineas winner, was also left-back after this under Aiden’s care. Jessica Harrington might get her first win with Cayenne Pepper in the Irish Oaks. The aspiring winner has earned 2nd rank in the Pretty Polly Stakes; he is still trailing behind Magical.
The list is joined by Lemista under trainer Ger Lyons, who trained Siskin for the Irish 2,000 Guineas in the previous month. He will also be looking over the latest stakes winners Yaxeni and Even So. Trainer Lyons will have 3 fillies under him during this period.
Another filly remaining in Irish Oaks is New York Girl left under Joseph O’Brien. She secured 4th position in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and came 7th in the Irish Derby. New York Girl is an amazing horse with loads of untapped potential.
Few other fillies left with Aiden O’Brien are Snow- who scored 3 Munster Oaks and Laburnum- who came 2nd in Naas Oaks Trials. Runner-up of last Fairyhouse maiden, Prose has also been left behind for the time being. He also has a 3-year-old Passion to complete his 6 fillies’ list.
These fillies will be making their next appearance at Curragh for Kerrygold Irish Oaks on Saturday. Trainer Aiden is excited for the upcoming race this weekend as all six of his fillies will be taking part in the race.
On the other hand, Donnacha O’Brien- who got his first Classic success with Fancy Blue’s victory at Prix de Diane, will be entering the Juddmonte Irish Oaks. The event will be held on Saturday itself in Curragh.
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