Darley Yorkshire Oaks
Group 1, York 15:35
£250,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m 3f 188y, Class 1   
Thursday 20th August 2020

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1 Love 4/9F
2 Alpinista 33/1
3 One Voice 12/1
6 ran Distances: 5l, 2l, 2¼l
Time: 2m 31.31s (slow by 3.91s)

Following Enable's defection, Love was all the rage to register her third Group One victory from as many starts this season and barely broke sweat as she cruised to another facile success. 

Jockey Ryan Moore was happy to take a lead as Manuela De Vega cut out sensible early fractions but Love simply breezed into the lead with over two furlongs to run as her rivals, one by one, failed to land anything close to a telling blow. 

The race was over as a contest at the furlong marker as Love swept clear, her big white blaze lighting up the Knavesmire despite the lack of a crowd, with Moore doing little more than nurse his filly home as she went on to score by five lengths. 

Outsider Alpinista tried hard and eventually edged out One Voice for the runner-up spot as John Gosden-trained duo Franconia and Frankly Darling never figured.

Moore said: “It was straightforward. Realistically, I thought it was her easiest task for a while. There were some unexposed fillies in the race, but they needed to step up to her level.

“She was very professional. The ground is a bit dead today and it was a worry as when I rode her in the Debutante last year (finished fifth), the ground was a little bit too slow for her. She’s obviously got a bit stronger and the step up in trip has possibly helped.

“She’s been exceptional on every start this year. The Arc has always been in the back of everyone’s minds and we’re six weeks away, so I suppose they’ll see how she is.”

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Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Fillies' Group 1)
(British Champions Series)
£250,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 3f 188y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft (in places)

1 (4)     Love 3 8-12 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 4/9F
2 (5)
5 Alpinista 3 8-12 Sir Mark Prescott Bt Ryan Tate 33/1
3 (3)
2 One Voice 3 8-12 Mrs John Harrington Tom Marquand 12/1
4 (1) Manuela De Vega 4 9-7 Ralph Beckett Rob Hornby 10/1
5 (2) ¾ Frankly Darling 3 8-12 John Gosden Robert Havlin 10/1
6 (6)
26 Franconia 3 8-12 John Gosden James Doyle 7/1

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