Architecture and Ajman Princess added to Irish Oaks field

Architecture and Ajman Princess have been supplemented for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday at a cost of €40,000 each.
Architecture and Ajman Princess added to Irish Oaks field

Architecture, who was runner-up in the Investec Oaks at Epsom, is likely to be joined by stablemate We Are Ninety as trainer Hugo Palmer, bids to win the fillies’ Classic for the second year running after Covert Love 12 months ago.

However, Architecture will have to bounce back following a below-par effort when eighth in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in a race where We Are Ninety finished sixth.

“We Are Ninety worked nicely on Friday morning and Frankie Dettori was pleased with Architecture so the plan is to run both in the Irish Oaks at the weekend,” said Palmer.

“It didn’t work out for well either of them in the Ribblesdale Stakes, they were both too far back and too wide in a messy, slowly-run race, and they were beaten three lengths and five lengths respectively by Even Song.

“If things go our way, I hope they both stand a good chance.”

Ajman Princess was second to Even Song in the Ribblesdale and has now taken the runner-up spot in all her four starts to date.

Her trainer Roger Varian is convinced his filly will find the track to her liking.

“I feel she is a filly who is progressing at a rate of knots and she will certainly not look out of place in Group One company based on her Royal Ascot form,” the Newmarket trainer said.

“I think the galloping nature of the Curragh will suit her and she is versatile in terms of ground. It looks like being just on the easy side at the weekend, which should not prove problematic.

“Obviously we have a length and a half to find with Even Song, and she sets a high form standard, but our filly is getting better all the time and I hope she can be very competitive.”

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for eight of the 19 fillies remaining following the five-day stage.

Even Song, the Ribblesdale winner, is his number one hope and is 2-5 favourite with Paddy Power.

His others still in the mix are Ballydoyle, Best In The World, Earring, Kind Of Magic, Pretty Perfect, Seventh Heaven and Somehow.

O’Brien said: “The plan is that Even Song will go for the Irish Oaks on Saturday and we’ll probably run a couple more in the race also.”

His son, Joseph, could have his first Classic runner as a trainer in the shape of Way To My Heart.

Mick Channon is looking forward to running Harlequeen, who surprised many people when third to the O’Brien-trained Minding in the Oaks at Epsom.

“She is in very good form and she didn’t surprise me at Epsom as I expected her to run a big race,” Channon said.

“Silvestre de Sousa is coming over as well and he knows her and that is a big help. She has only had the four runs in her life, but she has improved with each run.

“It looks a good race, but on her run at Epsom she deserves to take her chance.”

John Gosden’s Sovereign Parade, who was seventh in the Ribblesdale, is the other British possible.

Jim Bolger has four entries — An Cailin Orga, Glamorous Approach, Siamsaiocht and Turret Rocks — while the list is completed by Red Stars from John Oxx’s stable.

Darley Irish Oaks, Paddy Power bet:

2-5 Even Song, 6-1 Architecture, Ajman Princess, 12-1 Harlequeen, 14-1 Pretty Perfect, Sovereign Parade, Turret Rocks, 20-1 Ballydoyle, Somehow, We Are Ninety, 25-1 bar.

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