Love Given King George Assignment After Eclipse Withdrawal


Superstar filly Love has been given the target of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes after being withdrawn from the Coral Eclipse, with the filly plotting her route towards the Arc in October.

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 nine 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in preparation for the Arc at ParisLongchamp but with the rain falling making the conditions extremely testing, she was withdrawn from the race.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 filly would head to the Breeders Cup meeting, but connections decided to pull up stumps for the season and bring her back this term.

After numerous withdrawals because of ground turning soft, she finally got her starting point at Royal Ascot in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes where she managed to see off a superb field.

O'Brien explained she will come on for that run in a big way and with the Eclipse coming too soon she will now be seen in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes back at Ascot.

(Credit Racing Post) The Ballydoyle Maestro said: "It's not decided yet but the King George is a possible for Love. She hasn't done much since the Prince of Wales's Stakes, but seems to be fine. We were very happy with her going to Ascot and we were delighted with her first start as a four-year-old."