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Ballydoyle Quartet Denied in Irish Oaks
A four-pronged Galileo aramada trained by Aidan O'Brien has been unable to repel the Ger Lyons-trained Even So in the Gr1 Irish Oaks (12 furlongs) at The Curragh. By Melbourne Cup favourite Russian Camelot's sire Camelot – a Gr1-winning 2YO and Champion 3YO – Even So was sent off at $11 despite having shown that she was likely to thrive over the Oaks distance. All was not lost for the Coolmore camp, however, as Even So is part-owned by Mrs Susan Magnier (with Linda Shanahan), almost always one of the major trio of Coolmore owners that also includes Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Lyons said he was far more relaxed during the Oaks compared to Siskin's victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. "I couldn't breathe watching Siskin, but with this one I enjoyed it all the way up the straight," TDN reports. "There is no pressure from the owners and they are straightforward to work for. They've been around a long time and know more than I do." Runner-up was Cayenne Pepper (Australia) ahead of Passion (Galileo). Although an Irish-bred half-sister to Epsom Derby winner Dr Devious, Even So's dam Breeze Hill spent much of her life in New Zealand where she won at Te Rapa before being purchased by BBA Ireland at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale. She is a member of a magnificent family that keeps producing bona-fide Group 1 horses.