Frankie Dettori aboard Blue Bunting - Irish Oaks
Frankie Dettori aboard Blue Bunting - Irish Oaks

Frankie Dettori celebrates Blue Bunting’s Irish Oaks victory

(Photo : The Guardian)

BLUE BUNTING

Irish Oaks

It’s been a tough year for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, with Coolmore and their associates sweeping all before them. Sunday things turned around for Sheikh Mohammed though, as Blue Bunting got up in the dying strides to take the Irish Oaks (Gr1) and grab the laurels by a nose. It doesn’t get much closer than that, though Coolmore-sired horses filled the next two places with Banimpire and Wonder Of Wonders.

The extent of the Irish domination of the European classic season thus far is apparent in the accompanying table, which reflects victory in 8 of the 10 classics in 2011.

Race

Cheque Earners

Sire

Epsom Derby (Gr.1)

1st Pour Moi

Montjeu

2nd Treasure Beach

Galileo

4th Memphis Tennessee

Hurricane Run

Irish Derby (Gr.1)

1st Treasure Beach

Galileo

2nd Seville

Galileo

3rd Memphis Tennessee

Hurricane Run

Epsom Oaks (Gr.1)

1st Dancing Rain

Danehill Dancer

2nd Wonder Of Wonders

Kingmambo

Irish Oaks (Gr.1)

1st Blue Bunting

Dynaformer

2nd Banimpire

Holy Roman Emperor

3rd Wonder Of Wonders

Kingmambo

English 2000 Guineas (Gr.1)

1st Frankel

Galileo

2nd Dubawi Gold

Dubawi

Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr.1)

1st Roderic O’Connor

Galileo

2nd Dubawi Gold

Dubawi

3rd Oracle

Danehill Dancer

English 1000 Guineas (Gr.1)

1st Blue Bunting

Dynaformer

2nd Together

Galileo

Irish 1000 Guineas (Gr.1)

1st Misty For Me

Galileo

2nd Together

Galileo

Bold denotes Coolmore Sires

Time was when Godolphin enjoyed their own dominance of the classic scene, but it was in the days when they still patronised the progeny of the Coolmore stallions in the sales ring. The “stand-off” has altered things somewhat, and while Dubawi and Shamardal put in an ominous run last year, they are notable by their absence this year. This can only be a temporary “blip” though, as they’re as decent a pair as there is, and we’re bound to see more of them and their runners in years to come.

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