Love trimmed in Arc betting after facile Yorkshire Oaks win

Love cruised to a five-length victory in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Love cruised to a five-length victory in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Love was an emphatic five-length winner of the Yorkshire Oaks on day two of York's Ebor Festival, and bookmakers were quick to slash her odds in the betting for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - a race she is now clear favourite for.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained three-year-old was the star attraction on the Knavesmire on Thursday afternoon and she didn't disappoint as she continued her sensational season with another blistering display, eventually beating Alpinista by five lengths.

Sent off the 4/9 favourite, Ryan Moore elected to sit just behind the front-running Manuela De Vega, who set a steady gallop on the front end, but as they turned into the home straight, Moore gave the 1000 Guineas and Oaks heroine a bit of rope to stride on, and like she did in both her classic wins earlier in the season she picked up in spectacular fashion to pull clear of her rivals.

With Moore only needing hands and heels, the race was quickly sewn up as in behind the John Gosden-trained duo of Franconia and Frankly Darling both failed to lay a glove on the Ballydoyle sensation, while Manuela De Vega tired. Jessica Harrington's One Voice put up a bold bid to try and reel Love in, but O'Brien's filly just pulled clear in the closing stages, and it was the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Alpinista, who stayed on best of the rest to finish second at 33/1.

Bookmakers were suitably impressed with another exhilarating display from Love, and they were forced to trim her odds in the betting for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, a race she is now favourite for. She is destined with a clash with dual Arc heroine Enable, who dodged today's clash with Love and will line up in the September Stakes at Kempton Park next month ahead of a tilt at the Arc.

With Love being cut in the betting and with some bookmakers as short as 2/1 about Love handing the O'Brien team more Arc success, Enable was eased to 3/1 for the autumn European feature, and while the Gosden-trained wonder mare will be able to show what form she is in next month, today's emphatic victory from Love showed that the new kid on the block could be ready to take over the mantle as the best racehorse in training on European shores.

After Ghaiyyath's monstrous performance in yesterday's Juddmonte International Stakes, the Godolphin raider could well be heading to the French capital as well, and he could be another top-class performer bidding for Arc glory, but Love is now the talking horse for the race and today's display showed she is ready to tackle the big guns in a few weeks time.

Speaking to ITV Racing after Love's runaway success, jockey Ryan Moore said: "She's very special! I remember riding her as a two-year-old and thinking she was exceptional. She did that very easily,.

York Ebor Festival
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