Love One of Six Declarations for Yorkshire Oaks


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Dual Classic heroine Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is one of six fillies and mares holding their ground for the G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks over the Knavesmire on Aug. 20. The Aidan O'Brien trainee dominated the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas by 4 1/4 lengths in June, and extended her winning margin to nine lengths over 1 ½ miles in the G1 Investec Oaks on July 4.

The Coolmore representative faces two from the John Gosden yard, with Juddmonte's MSW Franconia (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and Anthony Oppenheimer's Frankly Darling (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who won the G2 Ribblesdale S. at Royal Ascot and was third to Love in the Oaks, both entered. Recent G2 Lancashire Oaks and G3 Pinnacle S. victress Manuela De Vega (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) steps forward for Waverley Racing and trainer Ralph Beckett. Poet's Voice (GB) filly and Group 3 winner One Voice (Ire), who was only a neck behind French Classic winner Fancy Blue (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in the G1 Qatar Nassau S. last out, also makes an appearance for Craig Bernick and trainer Jessica Harrington. Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who won the Listed Upavon Fillies' S. at Salisbury on Aug. 13, carries the silks of Kirsten Rausing and completes the sextet.

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