Ian Fortune

It will come as no surprise to anyone to see Droopys Mandolin and Short Grip at the head of the betting for the Sporting Press Irish Oaks, which gets underway at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night. Boylesports have installed the duo as their 6-1 joint favourites for glory in the bitch classic and either would be a worthy winner. Of course, both have been performing on the highest stage since the early stages of their career with both tasting big-race glory already.

Droopy Mandolin ended 2023 with a sensational display in the Winter Racing Festival Bitch 525, adding to her RCETS Open Unraced and Fonez Galways Oaks successes. She has yet to race in 2024 but a recent 16.17 trial at Waterford would suggest she will soon be back to her very best.

She faces a tricky opening round assignment but should she produce anything close to her best, the 6-1 on offer for outright success could quickly disappear. She returns to action in Heat 6 where Droopys Edel and Shelbourne 600 runner-up Kyanite Kate stand out as the main dangers.

Short Grip won’t be in action until the final race on Saturday’s card, Heat 10 of the Oaks. She too has shown exceptional ability in her relatively short career, finishing an eye-catching second to Droopys Flytline in the Juvenile Derby and third to Singalong Dolly in the Puppy Oaks late last year, while she recently returned to her sensational best as she emerged a brilliant winner of the Clonbrien Treaty Limerick Oaks.

Next in the market at 10-1 are a trio of top class performers, Select Stakes winner and Easter Cup third Droopys Fidget, Epic Chick and the razor-sharp Rathdown Molly. 2023 Derby finalist and top stayer Threesixfive is on her own at 14-1, while Born To Perform, Select Stakes runner-up A Lucky Julie, Droopys Edel, Lincoln Legacy and Kerogue Lady are next in at 16-1.

There are plenty of talented females on the 20-1 mark including litter sisters Tell On Bell and Picadilly Attic, Velvet Duchess, Droopys Zelda, Sober Sparkle, Deelish Nora, Lets Go Bubbles, Annie On Faya and Glenbervie Pookie. There are ten heats in total on Saturday night. The full Boylesports market can be seen below:

Sporting Press Irish Oaks

Boylesports bet:

6 Short Grip

6 Droopys Mandolin

10 Rathdown Molly

10 Droopys Fidget

10 Epic Chick

14 Threesixfive

16 Born To Perform

16 A Lucky Julie

16 Droopys Edel

16 Lincoln Legacy

16 Kerogue Lady

20 Sober Sparkle

20 Lets Go Bubbles

20 Deelish Nora

20 Velvet Dutchess

20 Piccadilly Attic

20 Annie On Faya

20 Tell On Bella

20 Glenbervie Pooka

20 Droopys Zelda

25 Kyanite Kate

25 Ballymac Wendy

25 Ravenswood Elsie

25 Droopys Kamari

33 Headinthewindow

33 Newport Pier

33 Droopys Have It

33 Arent We All

33 Poets Dawn

33 Barefoot On Song

40 Ballymac Pete

40 Sawdust Storm

40 Beretta Melba

40 Bredas Wood

40 Ballymac Run

40 Fleadh Saraide

50 Is She There

50 Saleen Pearl

50 Beepers Mary

50 Dairyhill Stella

50 Abbeyside Spice

50 Droopys Avatar

50 Sunshine Zoe

50 Highview Treat

50 Beretta Reba

50 Mikeys Millie

50 Mustang Sally

66 Make Me Queen

66 Highview Emer

66 Fleadh Rileigh

66 A Lucky Lady

66 Callaway Annika

100 Olwinn Me

100 Dubious Deluxe

100 Blacknose Erin

100 Russmur Stacey

100 Speed Model

100 Cash Gal

100 Chelsea Pat

200 Coss Holly