Seventh Heaven wins the Irish Oaks for Seamie Heffernan
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Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Seventh Heaven led home Architecture and Harlequeen to win the Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh.
Pretty Perfect, one of four Aidan O'Brien-trained runners in the contest, set a testing gallop in front for the first mile and a quarter of the contest, with Seventh Heaven and stablemate Even Song, the hot favourite, held up well in rear.
But whereas Even Song was never able to make any gains and proved highly disappointing, Seventh Heaven steadily cut her way through the pack from the two-furlong pole under a confident ride.
Architecture, pulled out to make her challenge by Frankie Dettori with over a furlong to run, briefly collided with the winner, and looked for a few strides as if she might go one better than her Epsom second.
However, the challenge of the 14/1 winner proved irrepressible and she galloped clear to score by two and three-quarter lengths from Architecture, who confirmed form with Epsom third Harlequeen, Mick Channon's filly making late gains under Silvestre de Sousa to occupy the same placing again.
Ajman Princess, trained by Roger Varian, was re-shod at the start, but never appeared happy in the race and ultimately finished a long way behind the rest of the field.
Heffernan admitted victory had come as a pleasant surprise.