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Covert Love Wins Gr1 Irish Oaks
At the Curragh in Ireland, Brighthill Farm's ill-fated shuttler and multiple Gr1 winner Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO filly Covert Love (Azamour-Wing Stealth, by Hawk Wing) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainer Hugo Palmer in the 400,000 Gr1 Irish Oaks (12 furlongs) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Jack Naylor (Champs Elysees-Fashionable, by Nashwan) & Curvy (Galileo-Frappe, by Inchinor). Covert Love took her record to 4 wins from 5 starts for £200,808 earnings. "She was given an incredible ride and the race worked out perfectly," said trainer Hugo Palmer, who was celebrating the first Classic win of his career. "I couldn't be more excited, for once I am completely lost for words. It's amazing. I think I'll be shaking for a little while yet." Palmer said all the big staying features were options for Covert Love, whom he said had an "iron constitution". "She's a lightly raced young filly and I genuinely believe her biggest days, if they can get any bigger than this, are ahead of her," Palmer told Racing Post. "She's not in the Arc, there's still time to put her in the St Leger and we may see what the weather does in August and look at the Yorkshire Oaks."