Ballinakil Clare claimed a place in the 2018 Sporting Press Irish Oaks Final with a blistering all the way success in the Semi Final on Saturday evening at Shelbourne Park.

Drawn perfectly in the 1 box she flew them at lid rise and was quickly in to stride, holding her position into the opening turn the rails pitch gave her the advantage as she rounded the bends. Entering the back straight she started to build on her lead and was soon three lengths to the good hitting the final turns. Powering up the home straight she stayed on well to record a four length success in a fabulous 28.14.

Owned by the Full House Syndicate, she’s been a fantastic bitch throughout her career and now contesting the Oaks Final at nearly 4 years of age, having had a litter of pups, makes it extraordinary. We’ll have everything crossed for her next week where she’ll need the same trapping boots as she looks to overcome a horrible trap draw in the orange box!