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Forever Together became the first maiden to win the Investec Oaks since Sun Princess in 1983, in the process giving Aidan O’Brien a seventh success in the race.
She had previously offered plenty of promise in three starts, especially when an eye-catching runner-up in the Cheshire Oaks on her previous start. As a consequence, she was only 7/1 to prevail and she powered to a four-and-a-half length success in the mile and a half fillies’ Classic at Epsom.
Ridden by Donnacha O’Brien, son of the trainer, Forever Together travelled powerfully into contention in the home straight and then showed a smart turn of foot in the closing stages to quicken clear of Godolphin’s Wild Illusion, the 5/2 favourite.
Donnacha O’Brien said: “The race went perfectly. She jumped out great and I had a great tow into the race. The stands’ side rail seemed to be the place to be. It worked out well and she responded nicely under pressure – she hit the line strongly.”
“It’s very special to win the Oaks. It was a race I always wanted to win and I have to thank everyone for giving me the opportunities.”
O’Brien Sr added: “She is a big improving middle-distance filly and when they are improving like that, you don’t know where they are going to stop.”
Forever Together ran in the colours of Michael Tabor – the first time his colours had been been carried to victory in the contest.
A delighted Tabor paid tribute to O’Brien and his family, commenting: “It’s never a hard thing to put your faith in the O’Brien family when they deliver results like today.
“Their work ethic is superb and it’s a pleasure to be involved with them. We all get on very well which is something you want to happen. Even if you have success, you want to get on with people as it provides great enjoyment.
“I was happy to see one of the horses we had in the race win. You have to remember the winner was a late foal so it was a great performance.”
Forever Together dropped back to ten furlongs on fast ground for her next start, in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, and the combination seemed ideal. Tapped for toe, she finished a distant second.
She is a daughter of Galileo out of the Theatrical mare Green Room, also dam of Group 1 winner Lord Shanakill.
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