A ninth Moyglare Stud Stakes. A sixth winner of the weekend. A third Group 1 over the two days. One Aidan O'Brien.
The greatest sportsmen do it on the big days, when it really matters. These two days are as big as it gets in Irish racing and O'Brien has managed to produce his team in peak condition for the occasion. That tells you all you need to know about him.
Love followed in the footsteps of star fillies like Misty for Me (2010), Maybe (2011) and Minding (2015) and even earned rave reviews from her trainer.
"She is a queen," said O'Brien after Love dug deep to deny Daahyeh, winner of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"She’s genuine, has a beautiful pedigree and stays very well. She has a beautiful action and when Ryan [Moore] asked her to get down and lengthen she stuck her head out. She’s been working lovely and progressing with every run."
Love might well have been favourite for this had she not fluffed her lines in the Debutante Stakes. Only fifth of nine in that, she was allowed to go off at 6-1 here but regained her reputation with a tough performance that prompted Betfair Sportsbook and Ladbrokes to give her a quote of 16-1 for the 2020 Qipco 1,000 Guineas.
"We thought she was a filly that would be crying out for a mile this year, and we were trying to keep her at seven for as long as we could with the view to coming here and then maybe finishing off in the Fillies' Mile and being a Classic filly next year," said O'Brien. "That family all get a mile and a half well at three, so it’s very exciting for her. The ground was probably a bit soft for her last time."
Tango, backed from a morning price of 28-1 all the way into 9-1 at the off, set the early pace in what was a change of tactics for the No Nay Never Filly but she dropped away tamely when the going got tough and it was left to Love to break the hearts of her eight rivals.
The last filly to complete the Moyglare-1,000 Guineas double was Minding in 2016.
Full replay and reaction: Love fends off all challengers to win the Moyglare Stud Stakes at @curraghrace 🐎 What a weekend it has been for Aidan O'Brien at @IrishChampsWknd! #LICW19 >>>https://t.co/YakjpRTWIv pic.twitter.com/IbAVsI52Ju— Racing TV (@RacingTV) September 15, 2019