Love can con­quer all to tri­umph in York­shire Oaks

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Racing - By Mar­cus Army­tage

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.

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