THIS weekend the Curragh welcomes Juddmonte as the title sponsor of the Group 1 Irish Oaks. The breeding arm of Prince Khalid Abdullah’s hugely successful equine empire has committed to support the fillies’ classic for three years.

Juddmonte has enjoyed a long association with the Curragh. In 1988 they first sponsored the Group 2 Beresford Stakes, and in 2018 they became a Group 1 sponsor with the Pretty Polly Stakes. It is fitting that they should be associated with the Irish Oaks as Prince Khalid Abdullah’s silks have been carried to victory in the classic on three occasions, with Enable in 2017, Bolas in 1994 and Wemyss Bight a year earlier.