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Dunlop's Oaks cheer.

Newmarket trainer Ed Dunlop brought off a Classic one-two when Lailani defeated stablemate Mot Juste in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks at the Curragh yesterday.

Supplemented at a cost of IRpounds 28,000 last Tuesday, Lailani (5-1) underlined her stunning rate of progress this term as she overhauled Mot Juste (8-1) by a neck in the final furlong to give Frankie Dettori his first success in the fillies' Classic.

Dunlop, who took the 1996 French 1,000 Guineas with Ta Rib, was understandably elated to register a Classic victory in these islands and paid tribute to Lailani's owner-breeder, Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum.

'The wonderful thing is that I have won the race for Sheikh Maktoum, who wanted to run Lailani in this race, owns my yard and has given me some top-class horses to train,' said Dunlop.

'Life can't get much better than this. I thought Lailani had it all to do from the No 1 draw, but Frankie gave her a wonderful ride. A month ago, this filly did not have any fancy entries, but we did put her in the Yorkshire Oaks, which is a possibility now.'

While a stewards' inquiry was called soon after the horses passed the post, the winner was not involved, much to the relief of Dettori.

'This week, I lost a French Classic with Noverre (disqualified from the 2,000 Guineas after a positive drugs test) and now I have won another,' he said. 'I thought Lailani had a few pounds to find on these.'

Chamela Bay, one of six runners in the race for champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, went off at a hectic gallop, with Richard Hughes stalking the pace-setter aboard Mot Juste as Dettori began to close and Pat Eddery came wide on Time Away.

The 4-1 favourite, Relish The Thought, faded after flattering early in the home straight as Mot Juste struck the front with Dettori in hot pursuit and O'Brien's Karsavina and Sequoyah attempting to close on the outer.

But it was Ed Dunlop's day, with his father John for once taking a secondary role as Time Away faded to finish sixth. Karsavina (9-1) was a length back in third with Sequoyah fourth.

'Time Away just did not stay the mile-and-a-half. The Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in three weeks is for fillies only over ten furlongs and we will look at that if she comes out of this race well enough,' said Dunlop senior.

A record crowd of 10,000-plus saw champion trainer O'Brien compensated for his Oaks failure as Ballydoyle stablemates King Charlemagne and Mull of Kintyre dominated the finish of the Emirates Airline Minstrel Stakes.

King Charlemagne took the prize at 8-11 and he and the runner-up will come into O'Brien's calculations for the Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

'I am delighted with both horses. Michael Kinane said that King Charlemagne only does what is necessary and we will have a look at Goodwood for them, along with Black Minnaloushe and Bach,' he said.


Frankie Dettori powers Lailani (centre) through the field to take the Irish Oaks for Ed Dunlop
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 16, 2001
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