Irish Oaks 2023 & More Graded Races From Curragh

A fantastic Saturday card at the Curragh was headlined by Irish Oaks 2023, one of the premier races on the Irish racing calendar, the race was supported by the Sapphire Stakes and Curragh Cup.

In what was a fantastic day for favorite backers, Aiden O’Brien won his seventh Irish Oaks as Savethelastdance put her heartbreak of the 2023 Oaks behind her with a dramatic victory. 

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O’Brien would make it a quick-fire double with another graded prize when Emily Dickinson resumed winning ways when producing a smart performance to run out the dominant winner of the Curragh Cup.

Art Power has had a fantastic season when racing in Ireland and backed up his win in the 2023 Greenlands Stake with a superb front-running ride in this year’s Sapphire Stakes. 

Irish Oaks 2023

G1, Turf, 1 mile and four furlongs, open to three-year-old fillies. Total prize pool: €500,000

  1. Savethelastdance -180
  2. Bluestocking +400
  3. Library +8000

Winning time: 2:43.11

Savethelastdance won the first group prize of her career when running out a gutsy winner of this year’s Irish Oaks.

Coming into the race following her second-place finish at this year’s Oaks, it looked like she would suffer heartbreak once again as the Ralph Beckett-trained Blue Stocking led deep inside the final furlong. 

With the prize looking like it would be heading back across the Irish Sea, Ryan Moore summoned Savethelastdance for one final push. Digging deep, she found something extra and in the shadows of the post would time her head bob to perfection to land the biggest prize of her career to date. 

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Irish Oaks Payouts

Position Horse Win (€)Place (€)
1Savethelastdance€1.70€1.10
2Blue Stocking€1.30
3Library€11.50

Sapphire Stakes

G2, Turf, five furlongs, open to horses three and over. Total prize pool: €120,000

  1. Art Power +120
  2. Go Athletico +600
  3. Miss Tucker +1000

Winning time: 1:00.92

Art Power recorded his second successive Irish victory of the season when running out a dominant winner of this year’s Sapphire Stakes.

Now a veteran at six, we have seen this sort of performance from Art Power before. Arguably one of the quickest horses in training, he broke alertly and immediately headed to the front.

Happy to dictate the fractions, it looked like the race would be on as the runners hit the furlong pole. However, David Allan clearly had other plans. Still knowing he had plenty of horse underneath him, Allan asked Art Power to win his race and he duly responded. Showing an extra burst of speed, he quickly distanced himself from the chasing pack and went on to win by several widening lengths.

Go Athletico and Moss Tucker would go on to finish in a distant second and third. 

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Sapphire Stakes Payouts

Position Horse Win (€)Place (€)
1Art Power€1.80€1.10
2Go Athletico€1.70
3Miss Tucker€2.00

Curragh Cup

G2, Turf, 1 mile and six furlongs, open to horses three and over. Total prize pool: €150,000

  1. Emily Dickinson +150
  2. Rosscarbery +175
  3. Amusement +1100

Winning time: 3:00

Emily Dickinson capped off another special day for Aiden O’Brien as she won her first group race since the 2022 Loughbrown Stakes.

Heading into the race without a win in three starts, she showed exactly why she is so highly regarded with a dominant victory in this year’s Curragh Cup.

Ridden by the excellent Ryan Moore, Moore was happy to bide his time and pushed the go button when at the two-furlong pole. 

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Setting off in hot pursuit of leader Rosscarbery, Moore drew alongside and asked Emily Dickinson to go and win her race. 

Responding to Moore’s urgings, she showed all of her class and drew further and further clear of her rivals. Rosscarbery was unable to muster a response but did enough to secure second, Amusement would round off a terrific day for O’Brien sealing third. 

Curragh Cup Payouts

Position Horse Win (€)Place (€)
1Emily Dickinson€2.10€1.10
2Rosscarbery €1.10
3Amusement€3.30

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