EVEN So gave trainer Ger Lyons his second classic triumph of 2020 with a game success in the Group 1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
Stepping up to a mile and a half from 10 furlongs proved no problem to the daughter of Camelot, who got on top in the final furlong to run out a ready winner.
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Even So captures the Group One @JuddmonteFarms Irish Oaks under @ctkjockey at the @curraghrace
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Even So (10/1) was ridden by Colin Keane, who partnered the Lyons-trained Siskin to victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas last month.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Snow and Laburnum had made the running into the straight, when the complexion of the race changed.
Cayenne Pepper, the 2/1 favourite, struck the front for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley, but Even So joined her and appeared to outstay her rival in the final furlong, crossing the line two lengths to the good.
??"She's just a Queen."— Racing TV (@RacingTV) July 18, 2020
Dual Classic winning trainer @gerlyonsracing pays tribute to Even So following her success in the Group One @JuddmonteFarms Irish Oaks at the @curraghrace pic.twitter.com/Ss07TV2MNr
Passion, from the O’Brien stable, was half a length back in third, but the Ballydoyle handler’s other runner, Ennistymon, was the disappointment of the race.
The Investec Oaks and Royal Ascot runner-up was at the rear throughout and finished last of the eight, never able to get into contention.