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Great Heavens showed a tremendous turn of foot to win the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh

Updated: Sunday, 22 Jul 2012 17:15 | Comments

Great Heavens (second left) begins to assert in the Darley Irish Oaks Presidential salute: Darley Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens is greeted by Ireland's Head of State, President Michael D Higgins President Michael D Higgins and Oaks winner Great Heavens pose for the cameras
Great Heavens (second left) begins to assert in the Darley Irish Oaks Presidential salute: Darley Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens is greeted by Ireland's Head of State, President Michael D Higgins President Michael D Higgins and Oaks winner Great Heavens pose for the cameras

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Great Heavens showed a tremendous turn of foot to win the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

The winner looked beaten two furlongs out as Shirocco Star and Was became involved in a barging match at the head of affairs.

Although Shirocco Star eventually saw off the Epsom Oaks heroine Was, jockey William Buick was just getting into overdrive on the eventual winner.

Once in the clear, Great Heavens picked up in tremendous style to win impressively. Princess Highway couldn't quicken up in the ground.

Great Heavens, sent off the heavily-backed 5-4 favourite, is a full sister to Saturday's King George runner-up Nathaniel.

Great Heavens also became Gosden and Buick's second Group One winner in Ireland this season after Izzi Top struck in the Pretty Polly Stakes.

Shirocco Star turned the tables on Epsom conqueror Was and Ascot foe Princess Highway, but a stewards' enquiry was called due to interference inside the final two furlongs.

Princess Highway crossed the line in third, with Was back in fourth.
 

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