As eight people stand on the land of Wales, love leads the path.
Classic heroine with a twist Love is one of eight horses confirmed for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
Aidan O’Brien’s filly hasn’t raced since winning the Yorkshire Oaks by five lengths in August, after dominating her own age group in both the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks at Epsom.
Because she was unable to compete in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October due to soft footing, the daughter of Galileo will be making her maiden appearance in ten months if she enters the headline event on day two of the Royal meeting.
O’Brien has also confirmed Armory for this year’s renewal, having previously won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes with Duke Of Marmalade (2008), So You Think (2012), and Highland Reel (2017).
Based on his excellent comeback victory in the Huxley Stakes at Chester last month, the latter is ready for a return to the highest level.
Lord North, the defending champion, is at the top of the ante-post rankings, according to John and Thady Gosden.
During the remainder of his 2020 campaign, the Dubawi gelding failed to repeat his outstanding performance from a year ago, but he was back to his magnificent best when winning the Dubai Turf at Meydan in March.
Addeybb, trained by William Haggas, finished second to Lord North 12 months ago before winning the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in the autumn.
Following another successful tour in Australia, he is expected to rekindle rivalry and could be joined by stablemate My Oberon.
Other contenders include David Simcock’s stable veteran Desert Encounter, Sir Michael Stoute’s Sangarius, and James Fanshawe’s outstanding mare Audarya.
Since winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland in November, the latter has been off the track.