Forever Together stays on strongly to give O'Brien seventh Oaks victory

Filed on 4 Jun 2018 @ 15:35

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Forever Together (7/1) stayed on strongly to land the Group One Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs this afternoon.

The result was a red letter day for the O'Brien family as Aidan's son, Donnacha, was on board the three-year-old filly in the premier fillies' Classic and the pair galloped away on the stands' side rail to record a four-and-a-half-length victory from the 5/2 favourite, Wild Illusion.

The win was a seventh in the fillies' mile and a half Classic for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Aidan O'Brien first won the £500,000 Group One with Shahtoush in 1998. Since then, Imagine (2001), Alexandrova (2006), Was (2012), Qualify (2015) and Minding (2016) have been added to the roll of honour.

Forever Together is a daughter of Galileo out of the Theatrical mare Green Room, also dam of Group One winner Lord Shanakill. She is the first maiden to win the Investec Oaks since Sun Princess in 1983.

O'Brien said: "This is incredible. I am so delighted for everyone; Padraig who looks after her, Emmet who rides her, then John [Magnier], Michael [Tabor], Derrick [Smith], Sue, Gay and Doreen. It is brilliant for everyone.

"Forever Together is a staying filly who gets the trip very well and is obviously by Galileo, which is a massive advantage.

"Donnacha gave her an unbelievable ride. I am over the moon.

"It went according enough to plan. We weren't sure about the ground - who would act on it and who wouldn't. Donnacha rides her in all her work and he was very happy with her after Chester [she finished second in the Cheshire Oaks]. She was still a maiden until today, but the ground was so bad [in Ireland this spring] we couldn't stand it, so we skipped the maidens and she ran a lovely race at Chester.

"I think we will go to the Irish Oaks now. Obviously we will have to see what the lads want to do, but you'd be thinking she'd love the Curragh. We're very happy with all the fillies, really.

"We're delighted and so grateful to a lot of people that we are in this position and we don't take that for granted for one minute. Donnacha is a very good rider - he's very cool and confident. He's been watching races since the day his eyes opened so tactically he's very aware, and very confident to make his own decisions and stand by them."

Filed on 4 Jun 2018 @ 15:35