June 2022


Foaled on April 13, 2017, Love is a regally-bred filly, by Galileo out of a Pivotal mare, who is owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. Susan Magnier and trained by Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Love made her racecourse debut in a fillies maiden at Leopardstown in June, 2019 and went on to win three of her seven starts as a juvenile, including the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

However, it was during her three-year-old campaign, in 2020, that Love came to the attention of the wider racing public. She reappeared in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, for which she was sent off 4/1 joint second-favourite behind Quadrilateral, who had beaten her in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile, over the same course and distance, the previous October. Love reversed that form, though, winning the 1,000 Guineas by 4¼ lengths and bettered that effort with an impressive 9-length win in the Oaks at Epsom the following month. She was almost as impressive when winning the Yorkshire Oaks by 5 lengths a month later and finished the season 3-3, all at Group 1 level.

With connections keen to avoid testing conditions, Love made her belated reappearance, as a four-year-old, in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, 2020. She once again justified favouritism, making all the running and keeping on gamely in the closing stages to win by three-quarters of a length. At the time of writing, Love is rated 126 by Timeform, making her the highest-rated older filly, and the joint-ninth highest-rated older horse of either sex, in Europe. In her career, so far, she has won seven of her eleven races and approximately £1.14 million in prize money.