Irish 1000 Guineas Winner Set To Swerve Oaks For French Contest

Aidan O'Brien

The Aidan O'Brien trained Peaceful will miss the Epsom Oaks on Saturday and instead contest the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday as the horses at the top of the market in the British Classic have gone short.

O'Brien still holds a great hand in the Oaks on Saturday with the current favourite Love looking to step up in trip to 1 mile 4 furlongs for the first time in her career.

She enters the black type event off the back of landing the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket at the start of June and if she can stay the trip she will be very tough to beat on the day.

Peaceful, like her stablemate landed the Irish equivalent in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh and although being prominent in the betting for the Fillies Group One she will now race in France a day later.

(Credit AtTheRaces) “I was talking to the lads (John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor) this morning and it looks like Love, Passion and Ennistymon will go to Epsom,” said O’Brien.“

Peaceful might go to the Diane. That’s what we’re thinking at the moment anyway. The Diane is worth a lot of money.“I think it’s a question of splitting them up – that’s the way the lads are thinking at the moment and you can’t blame them for that.

“The other two going to Epsom with Love are very good fillies. One of them was second and the other one was third in the Ribblesdale, so they are both very good fillies.

“Everything has gone well with Love. Everyone who rides her has been very happy and the plan has always been to take her for the Guineas and then go to the Oaks.

“We’ve always felt she’d be very comfortable going up in trip, so we’re looking forward to it.

“We weren’t sure about a mile as she got it well at two, but Ryan (Moore) gave her a beautiful, uncomplicated ride and kept it simple for her. Her gave her every chance to show all her best attributes.”