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Find out who you are backing off the boards for the Irish Oaks

by Josh Powell | July 20, 2013
PLENTY OF TALENT: Epsom Oaks winner Talent is the favourite but not the best-backed

PLENTY OF TALENT: Epsom Oaks winner Talent is the favourite but not the best-backed

By Josh Powell | Irish Oaks betting news

The British are coming – and punters aren’t afraid to back them! Epsom Oaks winner Talent and Lady Cecil’s Riposte have made the trip over the Irish sea and head the betting for the Irish Oaks at the Curragh this evening.

Ahead of the Group One Classic we’ve taken a nosey into Paddy’s book to find out where punters are putting their dough. Not only that but Paddy is refunding losing singles if your horse finishes second and Mrs Power wants me to get the abacus out to calculate how much of a beating he’ll be getting this evening.

Riposte 3/1 – 45 per cent of the book

  • Won the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes by more than two lengths in June.
  • Lady Cecil has had five winners from 13 runners in the last fortnight.
  • Riposte has two wins from two runs over the mile-and-a-half trip and has won on good to firm ground at Ascot.

Talent 11/4 favourite – 30 per cent of the book

  • Won the English Oaks at Epsom and has come here aiming for a Classic double.
  • Rated 130 in the Racing Post Ratings – Chicquita is 126 and Riposte 125.
  • Talent is today’s NAP of the Irish Daily Mail and selected by four other papers.

Chicquita 5/1 – 12 per cent of the book

  • Jockey Johnny Murtagh has won this race twice in 2007 and 2008, while trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre won it in 2005 with Shawanda.
  • Chicquita is officially the best three-year-old maiden in Europe.
  • Trainer De Royer-Dupre is showing a profit of £6.70 to a level stake for the last 14 days and a 29 per cent strike rate from 14 runners.

The best of the rest…

Aidan O’Brien has saddled three Irish Oaks winners but hasn’t collected the trophy since 2008. Today he sends three horses into the eight-strong field. They are, the unbeaten Venus De Milo (7/1), Just Pretending (12/1), who was second to Riposte in the Ribblesdale, and Group 3 winner Magical Dream (33/1).

Pricewise has stuck his cajones on the line in this morning’s Racing Post by backing the Jim Bolger-trained Scintillula, who has been punted in to 20/1.

‘I can never let a Jim Bolger-trained horse go unbacked at a decent price for a big race these days and if Scintillula gets the trip, she could easily cause an upset.

‘Whether she lasts home is touch and go, but she was second to Sky Lantern in the Moyglare as a juvenile and has been running really well in good mile races lately.

‘Last time she stuck on nicely against a good colt and older horses and if she improves for the step up to a mile and a half, watch out for her as conditions will be ideal’.

The final runner in the field is 6/1 shot Alive Alive Oh. She didn’t run in Ribblesdale because of the ground so there are a few doubts whether she will run today but she has to be respected after destroying the field in a Listed race at Navan in May.

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