Irish Mission Wins Woodbine Oaks

Giant's Causeway conformation

Improving filly Irish Mission (3f Giant’s Causeway x Misty Mission, by Miswaki) put in a career best effort to win the $480,636 Woodbine Oaks at the weekend.

A towering filly that stands 17 hands high, Irish Mission broke her maiden last start at Keeneland on April 26 and went right on with the job in this tougher assignment.

Sent out in top order by Mark Frostad, Irish Mission was allowed to find her feet out wide by Alex Solis and charged to the lead in the straight to take the nine furlong feature on the all-weather track by three-quarters of a length.

“It’s always a thrill to win this race, it’s a huge race here, and a very nice filly,” said Mark Frostad.

“It was a big step up for her–she went from a maiden race to the Oaks. But, she’s been improving all along, and as she’s getting older she’s got a lot stronger.”

A $375,000 purchase from the Fasig-Tipton August Select Sale, Irish Mission has won two races and more than $330,000 in prizemoney.

The 110th stakes-winner for champion sire Giant’s Causeway, Irish Mission is a half-sister to Grade III winner French Beret and is one of four winners from stakes-winner Misty Mission, a daughter of Canadian Grade I winner Hangin on a Star.

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