Strong line-up confirmed for Darley Oaks

Epsom Oaks winner and runner-up Was and Shirocco Star will renew rivalry when they line up for the Darley Irish Oaks taking place at the Curragh this Sunday, following the declaration of runners this morning, Friday.

Epsom Oaks winner and runner-up Was and Shirocco Star will renew rivalry when they line up for the Darley Irish Oaks taking place at the Curragh this Sunday, following the declaration of runners this morning, Friday.

Royal Ascot winner, Princess Highway, trained by Dermot Weld, and the John Gosden trained Great Heavens, winner of the recent Lancashire Stakes are other notable runners amongst the seven runners in the Group 1 Classic.

Paddy Power, official betting partner of the Curragh, have Princess Highway and Great Heavens joint favourites at 2/1 with Was at 3/1, Shirocco Star 7/1, Colliding Worlds and Twirl 20/1, Devotion 50/1

President Michael D Higgins will present the trophies to the winning connections of the Darley Irish Oaks winner.

Cristoforo Colombo, Grafelli, Smoker and Hard Yards are among the six runners in the Group 3 Jebel Ali Racecourse and Stables Angelsey Stakes, while the Dermot Weld trained Caponata, Shebella, Tannery and Princess Sinead are among the 7 runners in the Kilboy Estate Stakes.

Twelve runners will line up in the Thalgo Ladies Derby with Ireland’s top lady riders competing, while 11 runners will face the starter in the valuable bettor.com Rockingham Handicap

Sunday is also Ladies Day with a team of judges including world famous milliner Louis Mariette, Jacqueline Honor Sullivan, Joe Murphy and Melanie Finn, showbusiness editor of the Evening Herald, selecting the winner of the Classic Ladies Race wear competition with ladies encouraged to have a hint of blue in the outfit. The prize includes a €3,000 shopping spree with Michael Murphy Home Furnishing and, a day of pampering at the Coogan Bergin Beauty Clinic.

A variety of free entertainment for children will also feature on the day. The Leinster Football Final will be shown on screens throughout the racecourse

Racing also takes place on Saturday with the featured KARE Race Day Minstrel Stakes attracting only three runners with the John Oxx trained Takar likely to start favourite for the Group 3 contest

The first of eight races at the Curragh on Sunday, 22nd July commences at 1.40pm while the first race on Saturday is 2.05pm