Classic Winner Continues Azamour’s Impressive Year
Covert Love winner of the Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh by an impressive length and three-quarters on Saturday, continues what is turning out to be a stellar season for her late sire Azamour. The athletic three-year-old filly was dominant in the hands of top jockey Pat Smullen for first-class Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer. Her win is on the back of her last start, a stakes win in the Hopping Stakes L. against the older mares.
Covert Love defeats Jack Naylor to win the Irish Oaks
"We were very confident the filly would stay. Her stamina was unbelievable,
she was in serious form," said Smullen
Covert Love becomes Azamour’s third Group 1 winner. His second Classic winner and the 24th Stakes winner for the four-time Group 1 winning, Champion racehorse.
Azamour’s exciting year started in March with the Aga Khan’s star mare Dolniya winning the US$6 million Dubai Sheema Classic Group 1 on World Cup night, beating a stellar field which had Dolniya then rated in the top six racehorses in the world. Her return to Europe has seen her have two very good Group 1 placings, firstly in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and then in France she ran 3rd in the Saint Cloud Grand Prix Group 1 to dual Arc winner Treve. She continues on to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October.
Coming very close to emulating Dolniya and Covert Love was Irish Rookie (also from Azamour’s present three-year-old crop) Her stakes win in Newmarket in the Montrose Stakes L. led to a trip to France for the Longchamp Poule d’Essai des Pouliches Group 1, the French 1000 Guineas. She ran a very game 2nd only three quarters of a length from a very highly rated Ervedya.
A sight to behold - Azamour at Gilltown Stud, Ireland
Azamour will be represented by his exclusive southern hemisphere crop at the 2016 yearling sales in both Australia and New Zealand this summer following a strong weanling sale in May.