By Michael O Leary
Aidan O’Brien’s recent dominance of the English 1000 Guineas continued on Sunday, as Love under the guidance of Ryan Moore stormed to victory to give the Champion Trainer his sixth Newmarket fillies feature success and his fourth in the past five years since 2015.
Prominent with the leaders throughout, Love found an injection of pace less than two furlongs out, and she accelerated clear to run out a resounding winner coming home four lengths clear of Cloak of Spirits with the Roger Charlton trained favourite Quadrilateral in third place.
Overall, it was the Champion Trainers 36th English Classic victory, and a staggering 78th in total having been just denied 2000 Guineas glory 24 hours previously.
Wichita ridden by Frankie Dettori appeared to have given the Ballydoyle maestro his 11th 2000 Guineas victory as he led inside the last half a furlong, but in the dying stages he was collared home by Kameko ridden by Killarney native Oisin Murphy in a titanic finish.
Horse Racing makes a welcome return to Ireland today (Monday), as Naas stages the first fixture on Irish soil in 11 weeks since Tuesday 24th March in Clonmel, while Gowran Park stages the first of three fixtures in eight days this coming Thursday Afternoon with the first race commencing.
Meanwhile, it’s the Irish equivalent of the Guineas next weekend in The Curragh with the 2000 Guineas the feature race on Friday evening, while the 1000 Guineas takes centre on Saturday evening.