Aidan O’Brien stays eager to saddle each Snowfall and Love within the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday week.
Good in profitable the Oaks at Epsom, the Irish Oaks on the Curragh and the Yorkshire Oaks, Snowfall has lengthy been thought of a serious contender for Europe’s premier middle-distance contest.
And whereas the daughter of Deep Impression suffered a shock defeat by the hands of the Roger Varian-trained Teona within the Prix Vermeille earlier this month, O’Brien stays optimistic forward of the ParisLongchamp showpiece.
“She got here out of the Vermeille very effectively – we’re very glad along with her,” O’Brien advised Sky Sports activities Racing on Wednesday.
“It was beautiful for her to go around the observe and we noticed the best way she coped with it. The bottom was fast and we all know that she’s very comfy on tender floor.
“She’s a filly who will get a mile and a half effectively and it (Vermeille) was extra of a trial.
“Frankie (Dettori) was very glad along with her. Clearly she did not win, however I believe her final six furlongs had been the quickest of any horse within the race – she was actually quickening and was going ahead.
“Usually within the trial, you are higher to get beat and issues not go proper than win and the whole lot go proper.
“She labored effectively this morning and we’re very glad along with her in the mean time.”
Love was in an identical place to her stablemate Snowfall 12 months in the past, having gained the 1000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks – however missed out on a run within the Arc because of the prevailing testing situations.
A yr on, the Galileo filly is about to line up with a lot to show following three successive defeats – most just lately being touched off by La Petite Coco within the Blandford Stakes on the Curragh.
“We had been delighted along with her run (within the Blandford),” O’Brien added.
“The winner was rated 110 and she or he gave her 9lb, so it was a critical run – on rankings, it wasn’t far off her greatest.
“We went to the Curragh as a trial for the Arc and we expect she’s actually gone the suitable means since then.
“If the bottom was good, we had been all the time planning on going to the Arc along with her.”