Love can conquer all to triumph in Yorkshire Oaks
Love, who has proved herself a cut above any other filly this season and most colts as well, should win the Yorkshire Oaks today on her way to an autumn date with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Aidan O’Brien’s daughter of Galileo won three of her seven starts as a juvenile, and although they included the Group One Moyglare she did not look exceptional. But with a winter on her back it has been a different story.
In June she triumphed in the 1,000 Guineas by 4½ lengths, but she doubled her winning margin when stepped up to a mile and a half in the Oaks at Epsom, winning in a quicker time than Serpentine in the Derby. Frankly Darling, who ran green in the Oaks and whose legs seemed to get tangled in knots coming down Tattenham Hill, was the thick end of 10 lengths back in third.
Apart from fog preventing her transport from taking off, it is hard to see what can stop Love today. Frankly Darling appears to have inherited some of her sire Frankel’s more edgy characteristics and, though she should be much more at home on a flat track, apart from having a lot to find she also looks something of a handful.
John Gosden’s other Frankel filly in the race, Franconia, made hard work of a Listed race at York but she should improve on that in stepping up to a mile and a half, while were a thunderstorm to settle over the Knavesmire it would bring Manuela De Vega into play for the forecast. But on her Goodwood form behind Fancy Blue, Jessica Harrington’s One Voice should follow her compatriot Love home.
However a third Frankel filly, Alpinista, looked like she would relish the step up to today’s trip when making all at Salisbury and, while she may not trouble Love, she could belie her odds.
Sacred has not been seen out since finishing second in the Queen Mary. That was a long-term plan with next year in mind. That form also looks strong. Santosha can give her most to think about in today’s Sky Bet Lowther Stakes.