Love One of 11 for Investec Oaks


Love | Racing Post

Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), winner of the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas, heads 11 entries for the G1 Investec Oaks at Epsom on Saturday. The daughter of Galileo has headed the ante-post market since her impressive victory by 4 1/4 lengths over the Rowley Mile. Love bids to become the first filly since Minding (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in 2016 to win both Classics. She is one of four possibles from the Aidan O’Brien stable as the Ballydoyle handler goes for a seventh Oaks success.

O’Brien’s other fillies in the mix are the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Peaceful (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Ennistymon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Passion (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who were second and third, respectively, in the G2 Ribblesdale S. at Ascot.

Love’s main market rival is the Ribblesdale winner Frankly Darling (GB) (Frankel {GB}), trained by John Gosden. The Frankel filly has no stamina concerns after she took that Group 1 contest over a mile and a half in good style. Tiempo Vuela (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) is a second entry from the Gosden stable. Gosden and O’Brien have dominated the last six runnings of Epsom’s fillies’ Classic, with three wins each.

Roger Varian is two-handed at this stage, with Gold Wand (Ire) (Golden Horn {GB}) and SP Queen Daenerys (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), while the 11 is completed by Bharani Star (Ger) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) (Peter Chapple-Hyam), SW & GSP Dubai Love (GB) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) (Saeed bin Suroor) and Oriental Mystique (GB) (Kingman {GB}) (David Simcock).

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