Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke


Curvy is a top-priced 5-2 favourite with William Hill for the Darley Irish Oaks, with the progressive David Wachman-trained filly looking to add a first Group 1 success to her CV. Curvy has won four on the bounce, including a Group 3 at the Curragh and the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot.


“It is a very competitive renewal of the Irish Oaks, but progressive filly Curvy could be the key to the race,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Words is next in the betting at 7-2. Aidan O’Brien’s Munster Oaks winner has only raced twice in her life, but is clearly respected in the betting.


Irish 1000 Guineas winner Pleascach is third in the list at 6-1, while Epsom Oaks heroine Qualify is next at 7-1.


Irish Oaks: 5-2 Curvy, 7-2 Words, 6-1 Pleascach, 7-1 Qualify, 9-1 Covert Love, Jack Naylor, 10-1 Together Forever, 14-1 Kissed By Angels, Speedy Boarding, 16-1 Gretchen, 25-1 Loved, 33-1 Wedding Vow, 40-1 Forte, Stellar Glow, 66-1 On A Pedestal, 100-1 Deontas, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)