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LOVE: Oaks heroine makes seasonal reappearance at Royal Ascot

Epsom Downs queen Love returns to the racetrack at Royal Ascot on Wednesday afternoon

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Horse Racing - Derby Festival - Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Britain - July 4, 2020 Love ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Investec Oaks, as racing resumed behind closed doors after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) David Davies/Pool via

2020 Oaks heroine Love will bid for a fourth Group 1 as she makes her 2021 debut in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday afternoon.

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Aidan O’Brien’s filly recorded three top-level successes as a three-year-old last campaign, including when securing the Guineas and Oaks double.

FULL HIGHLIGHTS: LOVE IS AN IMPRESSIVE WINNER OF THE 2020 OAKS UNDER RYAN MOORE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

She was last season sweeping home in the Yorkshire Oaks back in August and now bids to dethrone defending champion, Lord North.

John and Thady Gosden at Royal Ascot
John Gosden (right) and his assistant Thady Gosden watch Lord North win the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Also in contention is Love’s stable-mate Armory, who readily took the Huxley Stakes at Chester a month ago, albeit Ballydoyle retained rider has switched allegiances to the daughter of Galileo.

Speaking to the Racing Post, O’Brien said: “We were delighted with what Armory did at Chester and everything has gone well with him since.

Armory ridden by Seamie Heffernan gets up to win The Irish Field Celebrating 150 Years Royal Whip Stakes at Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Armory will bid to upset the applecart and see off Love in the Prince Of Wales’s

“All has gone smoothly with Love so far too.”

Former Hampton Court successor Sangarius is a lively outsider for Sir Michael Stoute, but found the aforementioned Armory too strong at Chester last time out.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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