By Nicholas Godfrey
So you know Love won the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, postponed five weeks until June 7, and you’ve probably seen the race – but here’s some other stuff you might want to know.
What’s going on?
Love gets green light for Oaks
After a mightily impressive 1,000 Guineas victory, Love is a short-priced favourite (only 11-8 with Paddy Power) to complete the Classic double in the Investec Oaks on July 4.
Aidan O’Brien signalled the go-ahead for Epsom, saying: “We always thought the Oaks would suit her very well and the Guineas would be her start-off. The distance from the Guineas to the Oaks should be perfect for her.”
Oaks betting (Coral): 6-4 (from 6) Love, 7 Quadrilateral, 10 Born With Pride, Domino Darling, Frankly Darling, 14 Miss Yoda, Run Wild, 16 Khayzaraan, Peaceful, 20 Cayenne Pepper, Passion, Trefoil, 25 bar.
Guineas number six for Aidan O’Brien
Love was the Ballydoyle maestro’s sixth 1,000 Guineas winner (and his fourth in the last five years) after Virginia Waters (2005), Homecoming Queen (2012), Minding (2016), Winter (2017) and Hermosa (2019).
O’Brien has now won an extraordinary 36 British Classics, while Ryan Moore has 12.
Coronation Stakes for Cloak Of Spirits
Front-running Guineas runner-up Cloak Of Spirits will probably head for the G1 fillies’ race over a mile at Royal Ascot. Maybe the Coronation Stakes could be next, but I will speak to Sheikh Obaid and see what he says,” said trainer Richard Hannon. “I think being out in front suits her.”
Quadrilateral ‘raced too free’
According to ITV Racing, jockey Jason Watson said the Guineas favourite “raced too free” in the early stages and “never dropped the bit”. Watson and trainer Roger Charlton suggested the daughter of Frankel will need further.
Shall we talk about it?
Aidan O’Brien (trainer, Love): “She was doing everything really right all through the winter and the spring. We always thought she would get much further than a mile; she showed she got a mile last year and we thought we would start here and maybe go from here on to the Oaks.
“Ryan had a lovely position on her and he had her in a lovely rhythm through the whole race and you could see him clocking every furlong in his mind. He had her balanced going down in the Dip and she was very genuine. She had her head out and she really ran to the line.
“We knew it was a very small distance to make up with Quadrilateral. We thought she handled Newmarket very well and the experience she had last year would stand her in good stead for this year.”
Ryan Moore (jockey, Love): “She’s a very uncomplicated filly, we ‘ve always thought an awful lot of her last year. She won the Moyglare and we expected her to win the FIllies’ Mile, maybe it was a bit soft that day.
“She’s a typical Galileo filly – if it wasn’t for her last run last year you’d have been pretty confident she was the one to beat today and she was in control of the race from a long way out.
“She’s very straightforward and won as she liked really. I’d say it’s a possibility that she’d stay. At the moment she looks the best three-year-old filly around.”
Richard Hannon (trainer, Cloak Of Spirits): “I’ve been second in a few Classics and it is horrible, but I’m delighted with her. I might not have given her a prep run as she didn’t look great a month ago, plus she won first time out last year so she doesn’t necessarily need it, but she will improve and there are definitely Group races in her.”
Roger Charlton (trainer, Quadrilateral): “She stayed on well, but just got a little tired in the closing stages. She could’ve probably done with a little more cover, but these races are being run from the front and nothing is coming from behind so you have to be handy. The track probably doesn’t play to her strengths.
“I don’t know what we will do going forward. I will talk to Prince Khalid first. I’d imagine she would stay further, but we won’t be rushing her.”