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Love Reigns Supreme in the Epsom Oaks

Love reigns supreme in the Oaks.
Love reigns supreme in the Oaks.

Love has doubled down on British Classics for trainer Aidan O’Brien as she broke the hearts of her competitors in the Epsom Oaks on Saturday.

Having now completed the 1000 Guineas last night, Love gave O’Brien a Classic double having taken out the Epsom Oaks on Saturday in style.

Proving herself to be the best filly in the UK, Love made light work of her rivals having been sent off as favourite and returning to the stalls a winner in what looked like a regulation win for the O’Brien filly.

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With Ryan Moore aboard, the experienced hoop rode her with restraint in the early stages before breaking clear in the run home, showing her good use over the course of 12 furlongs.

While Love was met with some competition from rising star Frankly Darling, her pace proved too much for the winner of the Ribblesdale, galloping away to record a comfortable victory by nine lengths.

Stablemate Ennistymon finished second ahead of Frankly Darling in third.

“We’re in a very privileged position to train such horses,” O’Brien said post race.

“This filly is very special – it’s very hard that you could ever have a better filly.

“You saw what she did in the Guineas – winning by three or four lengths – and she doubled it today.

“It’s only her second run of the year and it’s amazing really.”

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Love remains unbeaten this season and holds three Group 1 victories to her name and two Classics. But O’Brien remained coy about his next move with his star filly.

“Obviously we’ll wait and see and the lads will decide in the next few days.

“The Irish Oaks (July 18) was a possibility, so we’ll see how she is over the next few days.

“I think you’d have to think about the Arc in the autumn – we know what three-year-old fillies can do in the Arc.

“I think everything is possible with her and it’s just a question of what the right thing is to do.

“The St Leger comes three weeks or a month before the Arc and if she was going to the Arc, would be it be too tough for a filly to run in the Leger beforehand?

“I don’t know.”

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