Timeform provide three bets from the Curragh on Saturday, including one in the Irish Oaks...
"The superbly-bred Riposte... was most impressive when landing the Ribblesdale last month and now looks a leading player upped to the highest level on just her fourth start."
The 16:10 is a very tight handicap that can fall to the unexposed So Devoted. Although related to several winners, it has taken a while for So Devoted to grasp what is expected but she caught the eye on her handicap debut last time and can get the better of One True Love and Saratoga Baby this time.
Lightnin Hopkins (17:10) landed a couple of races at Naas as a juvenile and came right back to form when taking a handicap at Fairyhouse over this trip last time from subsequent scorer Bronte. He is selected to go in again. C&D winner Eastern Rules is also considered, while the potentially well-handicapped Norville could be building up to a bigger performance this year.
This year's renewal of the Irish Oaks (18:15) has really benefitted from the additional gap since its Epsom equivalent, attracting a formidable field that brings together the form of the British classic, Royal Ascot and even further afield. It's the second of those three that we see as key to this evening's clash. The superbly-bred Riposte (closely related to Kind, dam of Frankel) was most impressive when landing the Ribblesdale last month and now looks a leading player upped to the highest level on just her fourth start. There's no reason to think that Oaks winner Talent won't be on the premises again, while Ballydoyle's Naas Oaks Trial winner Venus de Milo is also respected.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays
All at the Curragh
Back So Devoted in the 16:10
Back Lightnin Hopkins in the 17:10
Back Riposte in the 18:15
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