When is the 2022 Irish Oaks?
- We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2022 Irish Oaks
- This Classic will be run at the Curragh on Saturday 16th July 2022
Irish Oaks winner Snowfall (Getty)
When is the 2022 Irish Oaks?
The 2022 Irish Oaks will be run at the Curragh racecourse on Saturday 16th July 2022.
What is the Irish Oaks?
The Irish Oaks is Ireland equivalent to the Epsom Oaks. It's also one of the five Classic races staged in Ireland, along with the Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas, the Irish Derby and the Irish St Leger.
Who won the Irish Oaks?
Snowfall followed her record-breaking win in the Oaks at Epsom with another emphatic triumph in the Irish Oaks, thrashing her rivals by eight lengths.
Which horses will run in the 2022 Irish Oaks?
Like the Oaks at Epsom, only three-year-olds are allowed to run in the Irish Oaks. As the two races are staged four weeks apart, horses who ran in the Epsom Oaks often run again in the Irish Oaks, as well as horses who impress in races like the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Pretty Polly Stakes.
Where is the Irish Oaks run?
The Irish Oaks is run at the Curragh racecourse, situated in County Kildare, Ireland.
Where can I watch the Irish Oaks?
The Irish Oaks will be shown on channels like ITV and RacingTV, but the easiest way would be to stream the race live. If you plan on watching the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.
Irish Oaks Live Streaming
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Irish Oaks History
When the Irish Oaks was originally created in 1895, it was run over eight furlongs, the same trip as the Irish 1000 Guineas. In 1915, the race was extended to 1m 4f, to match up with the Epsom Oaks and both the Epsom and Irish Derby.
As there's often a month between the Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks, fillies often attempt to land an audacious double. The first to achieve that feat was Frank Butters' Masaka, who scored at Epsom in 1948 before following up at the Curragh.
Although billed as the Irish Oaks, trainers from across Britain and other parts of Europe have enjoyed plenty of success in this Classic.
In fact, the winning-most trainer in the race is Sir Michael Stoute, who's returned home to England after saddling the Irish Oaks winner on six occasions.
Aidan O'Brien has won the Irish Oaks on six occasions, the first of his wins coming in 2006.
Johnny Murtagh has ridden the most winners of this race, with his tally of six coming from a variety of trainers, from Aidan O'Brien and Michael Stoute, to John Oxx and Alain de Royer-Dupre.
Modern greats like Dahlia, Snow Fairy and Enable have all scored in the Irish Oaks.
Enable was followed into the winners' enclosure by William Haggas' Sea Of Class in 2018. Another British raider, Star Catcher triumphed under Frankie Dettori in 2019, handing John Gosden his third win in the Irish Oaks.
Fancied horses do have a strong record in the Irish Oaks. However, since the turn of the Millennium, only seven favourites have managed to win, with half of those going off at very short prices.
We have seen some upsets in that space of time too. Several horses have won the Irish Oaks when going off at double-figure prices, with the longest being 33/1 outsider Margarula, who upstaged odds-on favourite Quarter Moon in 2002.
Winning form over either 1m 2f or 1m 4f is very important in the Irish Oaks. Although the Curragh is a tricky track for newcomers, the amount of raiders who have won the Irish Oaks suggests course form isn't vitally important.
Ger Lyons celebrated his second Classic victory of the season after the 2020 Irish Oaks, as 10/1 shot Even So outstayed favourite Cayenne Pepper to win in good style.