Love Likely Done For The Year


Dual Classic winner Love | Scoop Dyga

This season's dual Classic-winning filly Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is likely to bypass the Breeders' Cup and is probably done for the year, trainer Aidan O'Brien said on Tuesday. Love was scratched from her last intended target, the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, when the ground came up soft.

“I don't think Love will go to the Breeders' Cup,” O'Brien said. “At the moment we're thinking that she's had a busy enough time and we trained her hard for the Arc. Obviously that was her big target in the autumn and she was trained hard for it, and with a view to keeping her in training next year I think the lads are maybe leaving her for this year. So there's a strong possibility that she won't run anymore this year.”

O'Brien also reported leading Derby candidate High Definition (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) to be done for the year.

“The plan always with High Definition was to give him two runs. That was his maiden and the Beresford, and we haven't changed off of that,” the trainer said of the unbeaten colt. “The plan was then to bring him back and train him for the Classics next year. We're very happy with the way he has come out of his last race and that's the way we are looking with him next year.”

Listed Chesham S. and G2 Vintage S. scorer Battleground (War Front), meanwhile, is likely headed to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland. That is the same course over which his dam, the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Found (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), won the GI Breeders' Cup Turf in 2015.

“Obviously he didn't go to the Dewhurst, so the plan at the moment is we're thinking of going to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf with him,” O'Brien said. “He seems to be in good form at the moment.”

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