My most confident win only tip of the weekend won the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
Star Catcher was tipped to subscribers to my selection service when available at odds of 5/1 and 9/2.
I didn’t fancy the front two in the market, Pink Dogwood and Iridessa. But the more I studied the form, the more I fancied the John Gosden trained Star Catcher, which was ridden by Frankie Dettori.
Here’s what I told members of VG Tips the day before racing:-
“Frankie Dettori goes back over to Ireland and may have more joy here than he had at Killarney earlier in the week. He’s aboard the John Gosden trained Star Catcher, which actually beat Fleeting a length and a half in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“Star Catcher has won twice, both times on soft ground. With the rain pouring down in Dublin on Friday, it looks as though the filly will get her ideal ground on Saturday. She is proven over this far whereas some of the others are not and English trained raiders have been winning this race quite often in recent years.”
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Connections paid a supplement fee of 40.000 Euros as recently as last Tuesday to ensure the winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot could take on some more fancied opponents in the Irish Oaks.
John Gosden said: “It was the obvious race to run her in after her Ribblesdale win and we got the result we wanted.
“When Frankie won on her at Royal Ascot he said the last furlong was her best so he was determined it wouldn’t be a falsely run race. You leave things to Frankie and his tactics today were perfect. We’re very lucky to have him. We knew Star Catcher had really done well since the Ribblesdale. She’s very progressive and can only get better.”
For his part a jubilant Dettori said: “It was a matter of getting the fractions right and Fleeting came to me, but Star Catcher could have gone on again. She has done nothing but improve and John is a great trainer. We put our neck on the block in supplementing her, but we thought she was good enough.”
Watch the race in full here https://www.racingtv.com/news/star-not-for-catching-in-irish-oaks-under-irrepressible-dettori
On offer at 5/1 and 9/2 the day before racing – when members of VG Tips always receive my analysis and tips – Star Catcher was backed on the day and came past the post at odds of 7/2. Still good value for her win.
The only challenger in the closing stages was the one I told each way betting members to back at odds of 8/1. Fleeting and Star Catcher had met in the past and Fleeting finished second again to Star Catcher this time around. Some subscribers to VG Tips even backed the straight forecast, predicting the correct first two past the post, which provided handsome returns.
I like fillies and I like racing in Ireland. But tipping Star Catcher was all about form, ground conditions, the trainer, the jockey and the fact that English trained horses have been winning the Irish Oaks quite often in recent years. I thought she was the one most likely to improve from last run and I thought some in the race were flattered by past performances.
I lumped on Star Catcher and I’m pleased to hear several subscribers did the same. It’s not every day such a confident selection wins. It’s not every day a NAP wins. But, on Saturday, two NAPS on both sides of the Irish Sea came home first.
In each case, the clues were there! I’m just glad I found them and was able to pass them on to such a nice bunch of punters.