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Seven set to take on Talent in Irish Oaks

Updated: Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 23:32 | Comments

Talent bids to bolster the superb record of Epsom Oaks winners in the Irish version when she lines up at the Curragh on Sunday
Talent bids to bolster the superb record of Epsom Oaks winners in the Irish version when she lines up at the Curragh on Sunday

Epsom Oaks heroine Talent will face seven opponents as she aims to complete a Classic double in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday evening.

Ralph Beckett's filly was a surprise victor when annihilating her opponents at Epsom at the end of May, with her better fancied stable companion Secret Gesture filling the runner-up spot.

The pair looked set to do battle once again earlier this week, but Secret Gesture was ruled out of a trip to Ireland after suffering a setback on Wednesday.

Talent is part of a formidable two-pronged British attack, with Jane Cecil's hugely impressive Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Riposte also making the journey having been supplemented at the start of this week.

Aidan O'Brien has saddled three previous winners of the Irish Oaks and this year he sends the exciting Venus De Milo, as well as Just Pretending and Magical Dream.

The field is completed by Tommy Stack's Alive Alive Oh, the Jim Bolger-trained Scintillula and Alain de Royer-Dupre's French raider Chicquita.

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