Irish Oaks Betting Tips

CURRAGH, IRELAND - JULY 15: Johnny Murtagh and Peeping Fawn return after landing The Darley Irish Oaks Race run at The Curragh Racecourse on July 15, 2007, in The Curragh,Ireland. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)Many of the same top thoroughbred fillies who run in the English Oaks at Epsom also compete in the Darley Irish Oaks, and top trainers such as Aidan O-Brien, John Oxx, James Bolger, Sir Michael Stoute and Dermot Weld may set their sights on securing a prestigious English/Irish Oaks double.

So for Irish Oaks betting, it pays to track the performance of favoured horses who come out of the Oaks at Epsom with their reputations unscathed, and to be on the look out for horses who may have underperformed at Epsom.

Irish Oaks Betting Tips

As well as watching Irish Oaks odds leading up to the race, factors to consider on the day you place your Irish Oaks bets include:

  • the current going at the Curragh Racecourse (a filly who prefers hard ground may have a disadvantage if the going is soft)
  • familiarity with the track at the Curragh Racecourse (for example, fillies from stables based in the Curragh area, like Dermot Weld-s stables, may have an advantage)
  • the look of the horses you-re thinking of backing in the parade ring (go for relaxed but alert, and reconsider if your filly is sweating profusely)

Darley Irish Oaks Top Trainers and Jockeys

Aidan O-Brien

Aidan O-Brien has become the top trainer to back in just about all of the top Group 1 flat races in England and Ireland. Horses he trained have won the last three runnings of the Irish Oaks ' and his 2006 winner, Alexandrova, performed the feat of winning all three Oaks races (at Epsom, at the Curragh and then in Yorkshire). O-Brien made several entries for the 2008 Darley Irish Oaks, and one of the fillies from his stables, the punters favourite Moonstone, narrowly beat stablemate Ice Queen (66-1). Horses trained by Aidan O-Brien will certainly be among the Irish Oaks horseracing betting favourites.

Other Irish Oaks Trainers

Other top-notch trainers, all of whom can boast two or more Irish Oaks wins and a remarkable number of wins in other Group 1 races, include John M. Oxx, Dermot Weld, Sir Michael Stoute (the Irish Oaks record holder, with five wins) and Jim Bolger.

Johnny Murtagh

Johnny Murtagh counts as the jockey with the most Irish Oaks wins ' he rode Peeping Fawn in 2007, as well as the race winners in 1997, 1998 and 2000. Other jockeys who currently rank highest in flat racing include Pat Smullen, Kevin Manning (winner with Margarula in 2002), DP McDonogh, FM Berry and JA Heffernan.

Start considering your favourites for the Darley Irish Oaks betting markets.