How about Love? Off a 10-month layoff, on the lead, swarmed by a Breeders’ Cup winner. Never in doubt.
Owned by Coolmore, ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by Aiden O’Brien, Love garnered the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes to highlight day two. Making her 4-year-old debut, the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks winner took the race by the scruff and never let go in a taking performance by one of the best in the sport.
Let O’Brien take it from here.
“We’d obviously would have preferred to have a run, but that’s her first time over a mile and a quarter and we were over the moon with her.
“She’s very genuine, very brave. Ryan was trying to balance it, and he knew that Armory was going to be very fancied, so he was just trying to do enough, and not to do too much. He was trying to do the right thing for Love. We are over the moon.
“We knew that her head was out and down and looking at Ryan’s body language, he hadn’t gone for everything. He was trying to let her win and give her as easy time as he could.
“She will come on a lot [for that]. Obviously, we had prepared her two or three times and stopped and started again, which is far from ideal, but I’m delighted that the lads decided to do this – to wait until the ground came right. It was a lovely place to start, Royal Ascot – there’s nowhere better.
“I think everything is open to her, the King George, the Eclipse, whatever the lads decide and whatever they want to do.”