• 15:20 Darley Irish Oaks 1m 4f

  • Winner €232,000 2nd €76,000 3rd €36,000 4th €12,000
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 42.92s
  • Off time: 15:21:19
15:20 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Great Heavens 5/4
2nd Shirocco Star 7/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 81 BLACK, red epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, red star Colliding Worlds (IRE) 10
3 9-0 E Lynam Fran Berry 25/126.00
2 (2) 46-3200 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Devotion (IRE) 32
3 9-0 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 105 50/151.00
3 (1) 5-111 Dark Blue, Yellow chevron hoop, Yellow cap Great Heavens 15
Distance Winner
3 9-0 J H M Gosden W Buick 116 5/42.25
4 (5) 8-111 BLACK, white slvs, red cap, black star Princess Highway (USA) 31
Distance Winner
3 9-0 D K Weld P J Smullen 117 9/43.25
5 (4) 21-223 Black, white spots, black sleeves, white cap Shirocco Star 31
3 9-0 H Morrison Johnny Murtagh 112 7/18.00
6 (7) 31-2205 Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap Twirl (IRE) 31
3 9-0 b1 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 103 14/115.00
7 (6) 1-31 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Was (IRE) 51
Course WinnerDistance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 113 5/16.00


Although there are three entries from Ballydoyle, only Was can be seriously entertained as a possibly winner as both Devotion and Twirl were well beaten at Royal Ascot, the latter when a long way behind PRINCESS HIGHWAY in the Ribblesdale with Shirocco Star in third. The winner had beaten Was into third place at Naas in May and is improving so fast that she can again take care of the subsequent Epsom Oaks heroine though she too is of course open to more improvement. The fly in the ointment for the home-based contingent is Great Heavens, a full sister to Nathaniel. She looked a very high-class performer when landing the Lancashire Oaks from older rivals a fortnight ago and looks certain to be in the firing line at the finish.