Love Finished For Season But Set To Stay In Training


Aidan O'Brien's stable star Love will not be seen again this season according the trainer, but is set to stay in training and mount another challenge towards the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Love was always destined to be a smart horse and at juvenile level proved that when finishing third on her final two year old start in the Group One bet365 Fillies Mile, but this season she has transformed into a world beater.

She made her seasonal debut in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and beat a superb field of runners by over four lengths to solidify her credentials for the season.

From there O'Brien decided to step her up in trip for the Epsom Oaks and she revelled in the extra distance, beating a sound field by a devastating 9 lengths.

The Yorkshire Oaks was another test for the three year old and again she passed with flying colours, not seeing a rival all the way round and going clear towards the end of the race.

All of these runs were in Preparation for the Arc at ParisLongchamp but with the rain falling making the conditions extremely testing she was withdrawn from the race.

There was rumours that the three year old would head to the Breeders Cup meeting, but connections have opted to keep her in training next year and put her away for the rest of this season.

O’Brien said: “I don’t think Love will go to the Breeders’ Cup. At the moment we’re thinking that she’s had a busy enough time and we trained her hard for the Arc.

“Obviously that was her big target in the autumn and she was trained hard for it, and with a view to keeping her in training next year I think the lads are maybe leaving her for this year.

“So there’s a strong possibility that she won’t run any more this year.”