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2020 Irish Oaks News - Love to skip the Curragh to target Yorkshire Oaks and the Arc

  • News broke today that ante-post favourite Love would not be running in the Irish Oaks
  • The Epsom Oaks winner had been the 1/2 favourite
  • Love will head to the Yorkshire Oaks before going on to the Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe
  • O'Brien will be represented by Ennistymon and four of her stablemate on Saturday
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Ryan Moore riding Love to victory in the Epsom Oaks. (Getty)
Jon Vine 14 Jul 2020
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We bring you the latest Irish Oaks news, as Love skips a trip to Curragh in favourite of the Yorkshire Oaks at York's Ebor Festival.

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This Saturday's Irish Oaks was looking like a foregone conclusion when the initial entries were released. Such was Love stunning display to win the Epsom Oaks, bookmakers were taking no chance with the favourite, installing O'Brien's dual-Classic winner as the 1/2 favourite.

On Tuesday morning, however, Aidan O'Brien blew the race wide open by revealing Love would not be given the chance of claiming a famous Oaks double.

“Love doesn't run this weekend." O'Brien told the Racing Post. "She is perfect. What we are thinking at the moment is that she is probably going to go straight to York for the Yorkshire Oaks, and then on to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after that.”

The fall-out from this news has seen Love drop down the betting for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month, and the betting for the final Classic of the season, the St Leger. 

There has, however, been a fresh wave of support for Love to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and Aidan O'Brien's filly is now bet365's 7/2 favourite to win at Longchamp, ahead of Enable and Ghaiyyath.

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

With Love out of the equation, Aidan O'Brien looks set to run at least five of his other three-year-old fillies in the Irish Oaks, with Ennistymon likely to heads the market.

“We are going to run Ennistymon, and Passion, who also ran at Epsom. We're also planning on running Laburnum, who was just beaten in an Oaks trial at Naas, as well as Snow, who won the Oaks trial at Cork.”

Aidan O'Brien also revealed a few of his others runners we're likely to see at the Curragh on Sunday, with Merchant's Navy flaying the Ballydoyle flag in the lucrative Railway Stakes.

"Merchants Quay will probably run in the Railway Stakes. More Beautiful is going to run in the Airlie Stud Stakes. She seems to be in good form. We took her out of Newmarket last week because the ground got soft, so the plan is to run her this weekend now."

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.

Will Love run in the Irish Oaks?

No. Aidan O'Brien has said Love will not run in the Irish Oaks or the St Leger. She will go for the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


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