07/10/2003 11:00PM

Casual Look goes for double


America's ambassador to Britain will travel to Ireland on Saturday in hopes that his filly Casual Look can bring him a classic double in the Irish Oaks at The Curragh.

Will Farish, America's man in London, began what is developing into a banner international season on June 6, when Casual Look won the English Oaks at Epsom over Yesterday. A homebred daughter of Red Ransom, Casual Look will attempt to become the first filly to pull off the English-Irish Oaks double since Ramruma in 1999.

Farish's Mineshaft, who had only a single victory in seven turf starts in England and France, has won four graded stakes in the United States, including two Grade 1's. And last Saturday, Farish's Place Rouge surprised at 25-1 in the Group 3 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock Park.

Casual Look, trained by Andrew Balding, faces a much tougher task at The Curragh than she did last month at Epsom. In the English Oaks, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Yesterday, previously the winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas, was blocked twice before failing by just a neck. Yesterday is perfectly suited by 1 1/2 miles and so is a good bet to take her revenge on Casual Look.

Just as dangerous is the undefeated Spanish Sun. A Michael Stoute-trained daughter of El Prado, she won the 1 1/2-mile Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot off a nine-month layoff and should improve for that effort. Ocean Silk, a nose second in the Ribblesdale, should also be a factor.

* At Deauville on Sunday, Domedriver will try to get back on track by dropping in class to the Group 3 Prix Messidor at a mile. Winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile, Domedriver has been second and fourth in two starts this season, behind Dandoun and Hawk Wing.