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Love (Ryan Moore) won the Investec Oaks by 9 lengths at Epsom

Love (Ryan Moore) won the Investec Oaks by 9 lengths at Epsom

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Love (Ryan Moore) won the Investec Oaks by 9 lengths at Epsom

Love added another Classic to her CV as she galloped all over her rivals in the Investec Oaks at Epsom yesterday.

Winner of the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month, the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly made a seamless step up to 12 furlongs as she cruised home by nine lengths in the hands of Ryan Moore.

"She was exceptional today," said Moore. "We've always thought she's very good and she proved that in the Guineas, but today she's taken a step forward.

"Almost her best furlong was her last furlong. She's got a great temperament and I don't think she could have been any more impressive, really. You never expect to win an Oaks by that far - I don't know how far she won, but it felt like a very long way."

O'Brien, sending out his eighth Oaks winner, had plenty of confidence in his filly's ability to handle the step up.

"Before the Guineas we thought the mile might be a little bit short - we always felt she'd get a mile and a quarter well and she's very genuine and tries hard, so we were always hoping the extra distance was going to improve her," she said.

"She was working incredibly well - her last few canters during the week were incredible, really. Obviously you never know what is going to happen, but we felt she was very well."

O'Brien believes the Irish Oaks later this month could now be an option, with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe another possibility in the autumn.

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