Aidan O’Brien praises Love as the most exciting filly
Mysterious secured the Yorkshire Oaks to the victories in 1,000 Guineas and Oaks in almost 50 years ago. The last filly to attempt to secure a treble in 2002 was Kazzia, who failed at the end. Love, on the other hand, made it look like a little bit more than an exercise run on Thursday, as the filly was able to secure victory by five lengths after taking over the clear favorite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October.
Due to this, the three-year-old filly is now top-priced at 5-2 becoming the fourth three-year-old horse to achieve victory in the Arc over the last 10 years, although the heavy ground provided in Longchamp could be a major concern, her race on Thursday showed her versatility removing all doubts regarding the filly’s ability to race on heavy ground. Six-year-old Enable, who won the Arc in both 2017 and 2018 before ending up as second in 2019, was given 3-1 while five-year-old Ghaiyyath, who emerges as the winner of the International Stake on Wednesday was handed 6-1, with the racing tips at OC punters could see a potential rise in earnings every time a race competition is being held.
Love’s trainer, Aidan O’Brien, after the race, claimed he had formerly been worried about her fitness and the effect of the slow ground might affect her performance,following her victory in the Oaks over a month ago. His worries, however, were unfounded as O’Brien returned to the media to claim that at this stage of his career, Love is probably the best filly he ever had.
Speaking to the media, O’Brien said via Racing Post: “We would have treated this as her first run back in the autumn, so you would think and hope that she would progress again from today. She’s been doing that from run to run, she’s getting bigger and wider and stronger. She was always very exciting; I don’t know whether we’ve ever had as exciting a filly at this stage. I can’t name one that has been as exciting as that at this stage, ever.”
The three-year-old Derrick Smith-owned filly will now be going to Longchamp to challenge the attempt to become the first filly to complete a treble since Oh So Sharp back in 1985, with O’Brien believes Love could secure the pace if five-year-old Ghaiyyath proceeds to dominate just like he did on Tuesday.
“What I liked about today was that I was waiting on her to start laboring, but she was coasting along and they all started laboring behind her,” continued O’Brien.
“She cruises along and we know, looking at her last two runs that she gets it [a mile-and-a-half]very well. He [Ghaiyyath] was very impressive yesterday, but I would imagine she would love a good, strong pace in front of her, and she is a Guineas winner so you’d imagine that she’d be able to follow any kind of strong pace.”
Love made her debut in a maiden race at Leopardstown Recourse back in June 2019, in which she started the game as an 11/4 favorite as she finished the race at the fourth position, with just three lengths behind Cayenne Pepper, who emerged as the victor of the race. In July 2019, Love registered her first victory in another maiden race in Leopardstown after taking the lead from the start to the finish also holding off a challenge from Soul Search.
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