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Love conquers all to win the Oaks in stunning fashion

Aidan O’Brien wins the Oaks for an eighth time.

Moore crossed the line on Love nine lengths clear of the field.
Moore crossed the line on Love nine lengths clear of the field.
Image: David Davies

AIDAN O’BRIEN’S LOVE justified her favourite’s tag as she completed a 1,000 Guineas/Epsom Oaks double with a stunning performance this afternoon, as she finished nine lengths ahead of Ennistymon, another product of O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard.

Jockey Ryan Moore held his nerve as Passion and Tiempo Vuela went off at a blisteringly fast pace, one they paid the price for as soon as they rounded Tattenham Corner.

At this stage Love began to find her stride. Frankie Dettori on rival Frankly Darling was frankly outclassed.

The winning time of 2 minutes 34.06 seconds is a new record for this race and on the back of this success Love’s odds have been cut to 5-1 to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.

“You never expect to win an Oaks like that,” Moore said afterwards. “She was exceptional today and hopefully she’s got plenty to look forward to in the future. She’d be a threat for anything. This filly is very special. She was very impressive, she is up there with the best.”

This was a stunning success for O’Brien, who finished first and second in the race. Afterwards he said: “We’re delighted. Ryan did such a good job.”

 

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