2020 IRISH OAKS - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Irish Oaks is a Group 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old fillies at the Curragh conducted by the Curragh Racecourse for Horse Racing Ireland.
The Irish Oaks is run over a mile and a half. It was first run in 1895 and was won by Sapling.
The fillies often run in both the Epsom Oaks and Irish version at the Curragh but they are six weeks apart.
Early versions of the Irish Oaks were over the mile but it was lengthened to the traditional trip in 1915.
The first to do the English Oaks/Irish Oaks double was Masaka in 1948. Enable did it again in 2017.
Several grand open class gallopers did win the Oaks including Ouija Board, Snow Fairy and Enable who ended her 3yo year winning the Arc. Sea Of Class went mighty close to doing that double in 2018.
Most Irish Oaks winners have been ridden by Johnny Murtagh with six and Sir Michael Stoute has trained most with six too.
After winning the 2019 Ribblesdale, Star Catcher won this Irish Oaks then the Prix Vermeille and also the British Champions Fillies and Mares for good measure.
The Irish Oaks was reduced to £250,000 in 2020 due to the coronavirus.
Notable winners of the Irish Oaks include Star Catcher (2019), Sea Of Class (2018), Enable (2017), Seventh Heaven (2016), Blue Bunting (2011), Snow Fairy (2010), Sariska (2009), Peeping Fawn (2007), Alexandrova (2006), Ouija Board (2004), Dance Design (1996), Unite (1987), Blue Wind (1981), Fair Salinia (1978), Juliette Marny (1975), Dahlia (1973) and Altesse Royale (1971).
The 2019 Irish Oaks was won by Star Catcher from Fleeting and Pink Dogwood.