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2020 Irish Oaks Tips – 2/1 shot can down Ballydoyle battalion

  • We take a look through the field set to take part in Saturday's Irish Oaks
  • Cayenne Pepper is the current favourite
  • Aidan O'Brien will saddle half of the ten runners
  • Ennistymon and Snow look to be his leading contender
  • We've looked through the form guide and come up with our top tip
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A view of the racing at the Curragh. (Getty)

We take a look through the betting for this historic Classic and provide readers with our 2020 Irish Oaks tips for the Curragh on Saturday 18th July.

Almost a month after the colts claimed their own slice of Classic glory in the Irish Derby, three-year-old get their chance to shine at the Curragh, as the Irish Oaks is put up for grabs. 

With Epsom Oaks heroine Love sitting atop the betting, there was almost no need for a previous. However, Aidan O’Brien announced today that Love would be heading to the Yorkshire Oaks, instead of the Curragh, before going onto the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, blowing Saturday’s feature wide open.

2020 Irish Oaks Odds


Name
Odds
Cayenne Pepper2/1
Ennistymon5/2
Snow5/1
Even So12/1
Laburnum12/1
New York Girl20/1
Passion20/1
Taxeni25/1

*Odds taken from William Hill on 15/7/20*

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With Love now out of the picture, Cayenne Pepper has jumped to the head of the market. Jessica Harrington’s charge ended last season with a decent run in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, where she got squeezed out at a crucial stage before staying on to place fourth. 

Harrington decided to skip the Guineas with Cayenne Pepper, instead throwing her in with top-mare Magical in the Pretty Polly Stakes, where Shane Foley’s mount crossed the line a respectable second.

2020 Irish Oaks Form Guide


Ballydoyle’s squad will be led by Ennistymon, who stayed on for a distant second behind the imperious Love in the Oaks at Epsom. Aidan O’Brien’s filly reversed the form with Frankly Darling that day, finishing one place ahead of the filly who beat her in the Ribblesdale. She clearly relishes this trip, I just doubt whether she has the class needed to claim a Classic.

Passion faded after setting a relentless gallop in the Epsom Oaks, and could be employed as the pacemaker once again. Snow impressed when winning the Munster Oaks two weeks ago, and will step up into Group One company for the first time. As will Laburnum, who went down by a neck Even So on just her second career start in the Oaks Trial at Naas.

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Ennistymon (left) stays on to finish second behind Love (right) at Epsom.

Even So made the running that day, and held on gamely to secure her first pattern-race victory. Ger Lyon’s filly kept on well from well off the pace to finish a four-length fifth behind Peaceful in the Irish 1000 Guineas, and looks sure to relish the step up to 12 furlongs.

New York Girl finished one place ahead of Even So in the Irish 1000 Guineas. Joseph O’Brien then took the unusual step of throwing his top filly in with the colts in the Irish Derby. New York Girl was held up out the back, but failed to make any inroads, crossing the line some 12 lengths behind Santiago in seventh.

Yaxeni has twice finished a good distance behind Snow this season, passing the post a three-length fourth behind her rival at Naas. She sits someway off the market leader, though, suggesting she hasn't really got much of a chance.

2020 Irish Oaks Tips


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Some would call it foolish to side against Aidan O’Brien, especially in a race where he accounts for half of the runners. Tactics will play a big part in the proceeding this weekend, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see either Ennistymon or Snow come out on top.

I, however, simply feel that CAYENNE PEPPER is the best horse in the race, and she represents plenty of value at 11/4.

Jessica Harrington’s charge has been beaten on her last two runs, but she did have genuine excuses. Cayenne Pepper was squeezed for room at a crucial stage in the Fillies’ Mile. She was then bumped leaving the stalls and slipped noticeably during the first half of the Pretty Polly Stakes, and didn’t have a chance of catching the peerless Magical.

What I really like about Cayenne Pepper is how she responds to pressure. Whenever Shane Foley has asked his mount to win a race or try to make up ground, she’s put her best foot forward and given her all in pursuit of the victory. Being by dual-Derby winner Australia, she should have no problem seeing out this trip and ground conditions should be ideal.

Irish Oaks FAQs

When is the Irish Oaks?

In 2020, the Irish Oaks will be run at 7:15pm on Saturday 18th July.

Where is the Irish Oaks run?

The Irish Oaks is always run at the Curragh racecourse, County Kildare.

Who won the Irish Oaks?

Star Catcher followed up victory in the Ribblesdale with a superb win under Frankie Dettori in the 2019 Irish Oaks.

Who's the favouite for the 2020 Irish Oaks?

Cayenne Pepper is the market leader for the 2020 Irish Oaks, ahead of Ennistymon and Snow.

Where can I watch the Irish Oaks?

The 2020 Irish Oaks will be shown live on RacingTV. Visit our Live Streaming page if you want to watch the race via you mobile or tablet.

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Verdict

Aidan O'Brien plays a strong hand and will be very hard to beat, I just think Cayenne Pepper is the best horse in the race and she currently sits on an appealing price. (Tipped at 11/4, now 2/1)

2020 Irish Oaks Tip: Cayenne Pepper Straight Win @200 at William Hill - 20 Units

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