Saturday 22 October 2016

Covert operation yields Oaks glory

Published 18/07/2015 | 18:37

Hugo Palmer
Hugo Palmer

Covert Love gave Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer his first Classic when powering home in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

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Pat Smullen brought the daughter of Azamour to head long-time leader Together Forever a furlong from home and storm to victory by a length and three-quarters.

Together Forever roared off in front, but Smullen decided to lead the pack and it proved the right tactic as Aidan O'Brien's filly maintained the pace for a long way.

Covert Love (7-1), who was taking her winning run to four and was supplemented for the race, won readily from Jack Naylor, with 15-8 favourite Curvy third.

Smullen said: "We were very confident the filly would stay.

"All credit to Hugo, this filly was in serious form.

"Her stamina was unbelievable. There's more improvement in her.

"It's great to win a Classic here on your home track."

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