O'Brien family to dominate, but son Joseph will have last laugh.
TRAINER Aidan O'Brien is triple-handed in tomorrow's Group 1 Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh, but he may be usurped by his son Joseph's filly Iridessa, who looks a stand-out here.
Here is tipster Andrew Bladen's guide: ***** the one to beat, **** big danger, *** should run well, ** would be a surprise, * no chance.
ANTONIA DE VEGA - The trainer has a great record with fillies, but although she won a Listed contest at Newbury last time, not sure she's up to this level. ** 12/1 FLEETING - Despite a no-show in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, she has since improved since stepping up in distance and has been placed in both the Epsom Oaks and the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot so should be on the premises. **** 7/1 IRIDESSA - Showed improved form stepped up in trip to win the Group 1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh where she defeated the Oaks runner up Pink Dogwood, there seemed no fluke about that result as it was her second Group 1 win and looks a good thing here. ***** 5/2 MANUELA DE VEGA - Had Pink Dogwood and Fleeting in front of her in the Epsom Oaks and difficult to see how she can turn form around. * 10/1 OPERATIC EXPORT - Moderate handicapper. Completely outclassed. * 100/1 PEACH TREE - Despite being well beaten at Epsom and Royal Ascot, she has since won a Group 3 up in distance so no forlorn hope. *** 40/1 PINK DOGWOOD - Runner up in the Epsom Oaks and third to Iridessa last time, she looks place material at the very least. **** 3/1 SEARCH FOR A SONG - Takes a huge leap in class after just two starts and probably one for the future rather than here. ** 16/1 STAR CATCHER - Won what looks a below-par renewal of the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, but is 2-4 so not entirely dismissed. *** 9/2 TRETHIAS - Beat a couple of these opponents in a Listed contest last time, but well beaten by Pink Dogwood previously, so shouldn't be good enough. ** 16/1 Bladen's top three: 1 Iridessa, 2 Fleeting, 3 Pink Dogwood.