Blue Bunting wins Irish Oaks

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Updated: July 18, 2011

Blue Bunting was well backed pre race and rewarded her supporters with a narrow success in Sunday’s Darley Irish Oaks at a wet and windy Curragh racecourse.

The 1,000 Guineas winner had disappointed in the Epsom Oaks but turned the form around here with the first and second. Briefly looking in trouble a furlong out, the Godolphin owned filly quickened up smartly and got to the front close home.

“That was great”, Dettori said. “Epsom was a bit of a mess up but she came here with every chance.I got myself a bit stuck two out. She wasn’t going forward for me, so as a last resort I decided to switch her to the outside and that won me the race because once she has found a bit of daylight she went forward”.

Winning trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, said: “It was a brilliant ride by Frankie. The pacemaker did a good job. I wasn’t too confident coming here, we have a good filly but she was taking on top class ones. We’ll look at the Yorkshire Oaks.”

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