Rain Goddess and Alluringly will represent Aidan O’Brien in Darley Irish Oaks

Champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has won the fillies’ Classic five times, has confirmed that Rain Goddess and Alluringly will represent Ballydoyle in the Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh on Saturday.

Rain Goddess is set to tackle a mile and a half for the first time after finding only Nezwaah too strong in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the same venue a fortnight ago.

Alluringly was third in the Investec Oaks at Epsom in early June before finishing sixth in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

John Oxx, who won back-to-back renewals of the Irish Oaks with Ebadiyla (1997) and Winona (1998), is likely to be doubly represented with Naughty Or Nice and Bengala.

The John Gosden-trained Epsom heroine, Enable, will be the star attraction as the daughter of Nathaniel bids to complete the English-Irish Oaks double last achieved by Snow Fairy in 2010.

The other remaining entries in the 10 runner Classic are Aurora Butterfly, Bean Feasa, Coronet, Eziyra and Intricately.


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