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Oaks betting preview: Highway and Heavens head market

by Sean Goff | July 21, 2012

REPEAT THE DOSE: John Gosden hopes Great Heavens can repeat Izzi Tops’s Curragh win on Sunday

By Sean Goff | Sports reporter

Dermot Weld’s runaway Royal Ascot winner Princess Highway heads Paddy Power’s online bettingfor the Irish Oaks (3.20) at the Curragh on Sunday with John Gosden’s supplemented Great Heavens.

The Newmarket trainer’s string is in scintillating form at the moment and the Lancashire Oaks winner bids to follow up Izzi Top’s recent Pretty Polly win at the Kildare track. Gosden saw Danedream deny his Nathaniel denied by a nose in the King George VI Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Aidan O’Brien’s has a stranglehold on the Irish and English Classics this season and his Epsom winner Was will attempt the Oaks double after her ealier win in the Epsom equivalent.

Hughie Morrison’s Shirocco Star who was second at Epsom behind Was and third behind Princess Highway at Royal Ascot is also in Sunday’s line-up.

Eddie Lynam has also supplemented twice-raced Colliding Worlds in the final field of seven. This one faces a considerable step-up in class but the likely soft ground should suit. 

The Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle is the feature in the jumps code at Tipperary on Sunday in a race that have proven useful in the past as a guide to the Galway Hurdle at the end of July.

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