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Love was all heart when making all under jockey Ryan Moore in the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, the highlight on day two of Royal Ascot.
Racing for the first time in her four-year-old campaign, much was expected of the 11-10 favourite following victories in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks last season.
Ridden with confidence by Moore – who was recording a 63rd Royal Ascot win – Love kept finding more to repel all challengers and run out a comfortable three-quarter length winner from Audarya (10-1).
Love provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with a 75th Royal Ascot success and owners Coolmore were celebrating a fourth win in the prestigious ten-furlong contest, following Highland Reel, So You Think and Duke Of Marmalade.
O’Brien said: “Obviously this was her first run of the year and we had to be very cautious. We knew that she was going to come on a lot from the run and Ryan gave her a beautiful ride.
Love would not be denied
“We'd obviously would have preferred to have a run, but that’s her first time over a mile and a quarter and we were over the moon with her.
“She's very genuine, very brave. Ryan was trying to balance it, and he knew that Armory was going to be very fancied, so he was just trying to do enough, and not to do too much. He was trying to do the right thing for Love. We are over the moon.
“We knew that her head was out and down and looking at Ryan's body language, he hadn't gone for everything. He was trying to let her win and give her as easy time as he could.
“She will come on a lot [for that]. Obviously, we had prepared her two or three times and stopped and started again, which is far from ideal, but I'm delighted that the lads decided to do this – to wait until the ground came right. It was a lovely place to start, Royal Ascot – there’s nowhere better.”
Regarding her next target, he added: “I think everything is open to her, the King George, the Eclipse, whatever the lads decide and whatever they want to do.”
Moore said: “It is great to have Love back. She was a wonderful filly at three, and it’s a long time since she ran in the Yorkshire Oaks. That is her first run since last August and she’s beaten a Breeders’ Cup winner.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
“It was great to get her back today and I’m sure she will come on for the run. She’s a very honest filly with a lot of ability and hopefully she will be better as the year goes on.”
Frankie Dettori celebrated his 75th success at the meeting when Indie Angel (22-1) was the shock Duke Of Cambridge Stakes heroine.
"Everything went right," he told ITV Racing.
"She likes fast ground, cover and plenty of room. She got all three things today."
On a tough day for favourite backers, Real World spreadeagled the Royal Hunt Cup field at odds of 18-1, while Chipotle was triumphant at 22-1 in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
Laura Pearson became the fourth female jockey to ride a winner at the meeting when Lola Showgirl (12-1) scooped the Kensington Palace Stakes first prize.
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Full results of day two of Royal Ascot 2021
1. Quick Suzy 8-1
2. Twilight Gleaming 9-4f
3. Cheerupsleepyjean 50-1
1. Kemari 15-2
2. Wordsworth 100-30f
3. Stowell 12-1
1. Indie Angel 22-1
2. Lady Bowthorpe 7-2
3. Queen Power 11-4f
1. Love 11-10f
2. Audayra 10-1
1. Real World 18-1
2. Astro King 11-2f
3. Grove Ferry 12-1
4. Ouzo 33-1
1. Chipotle 22-1
2. Dig Two 7-1
3. Boonie 18-1
1. Lola Showgirl 12-1
2. Ffion 10-1
3. Waliyak 9-1
4. Declared Interest 11-1