Racing: Casual Look heads strong Oaks challenge

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Five British-trained fillies remain among the 14 entries left in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Sunday after yesterday's final forfeit stage. They are headed by the Andrew Balding-trained Casual Look, winner of the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom.

John Gosden could be double-handed with both High Praise and Ocean Silk left in Sunday's Classic. High Praise won a Group Two at Saint-Cloud last month, while Ocean Silk just failed to catch Spanish Sun in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Darryll Holland travels to the Curragh on Sunday to partner Suggestive in the Group Three Emirates Airline Minstrel Stakes. Suggestive, trained by Willie Haggas, came back from a lay-off to be touched off by the vastly improved Tarjman at Yarmouth last week. Holland said yesterday: "Suggestive will improve for that run and should have a huge chance in Ireland. I'm hoping to pick up a few more rides on the Curragh card and it would be great if I can get something in the Irish Oaks."

Sagitta 1000 Guineas third Intercontinental reappears in tomorrow's Listed Prix Amandine at Deauville. The Andre Fabre-trained filly followed up her sterling Newmarket effort with a slightly disappointing run in the Prix de Sandringham, where she finished third.

Fabre is double-handed as he also runs Zinziberine. The three fillies immediately behind Intercontinental in the Sandringham - Derrianne, Loving Pride and Together - all renew rivalry.