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Tarfasha bids to go one better in Irish Oaks

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 15:56 | Comments

Connections of Tarfasha will be hoping conditions remain fast at the Curragh
Connections of Tarfasha will be hoping conditions remain fast at the Curragh

Epsom runner-up Tarfasha heads a field of 11 declared for Saturday's Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

Dermot Weld's filly was set for a rematch with Taghrooda, who beat her by three and three-quarter lengths in the Investec Oaks, but the pair are both owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and the winner now heads for next week's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Weld also runs Irish Guineas third Vote Often, but Tarfasha's main rivals appear to be from the Aidan O'Brien stable.

Ribblesdale Stakes star Bracelet and Irish Guineas winner Marvellous join Beyond Brilliance, Palace and Tapestry in a formidable Ballydoyle line-up.

Pat Fahey's Ballybacka Queen and the Pat Shanahan-trained Maid Of The Glens have been declared for the home team while Richard Hannon's Ribblesdale runner-up Lustrous and Volume, third at Epsom for Luca Cumani, are the two British runners.

O'Brien's daughter, Ana, will have her first ever ride in a Classic having been booked for the mount aboard outsider Beyond Brilliance.

Joseph O'Brien is intriguingly jocked up to ride Tapestry, with Colm O'Donoghue aboard Ascot heroine Bracelet and Ryan Moore getting back on Marvellous.

Seamie Heffernan rides the fifth Ballydoyle runner, Palace.

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