Covert Love hits high note in Opera win
Report: Longchamp, Sunday
Prix de l'Opera Longines (Group 1) 1m2f, 3yo+ fillies and mares
IRISH OAKS winner Covert Love gamely withheld the persistent challenge of Jazzi Top to land a second success at the highest level in this mile and a quarter contest.
Hugo Palmer's Azamour filly made all in a pulsating contest, quickening the pace turning into the straight and staying on strongly under a perfect ride from Pat Smullen, securing her fifth victory from six runs this season for the jubilant Fomo Syndicate.
John Gosden's Jazzi Top loomed large with a furlong to run after tracking the leader throughout, but Covert Love, who was stepping down in trip by two furlongs, kept on gallantly to land the £177,178 prize by a head, with last year's winner We Are running on strongly on the outside to take third for Thierry Jarnet and Freddy Head.
Star Of Seville, Gosden's other runner, was another to race prominently but weakened out of contention in the straight, while Karl Burke's Odeliz failed to trouble the principals.
Palmer said: "I'm lost for words. My god, she tries. What a ride, what a jockey.
"Three times I thought she was done in the straight but she found, found, found. I can't say much more!
"She could run anywhere in the world in the next 12 to 14 months. She doesn't have to go in the next 12 to 14 days which is what Ascot would be.
"She probably will run in the Breeders' Cup one day but it is more likely to be Santa Anita next year than Keeneland this year but I don't want to rule anything in or out at this stage."
Gosden said: "Jazzi Top ran a great race but was just caught for stamina at the end. America would be a possibility."
Azamour has an exclusive crop of quality Azamour yearlings heading to the 2016 Karaka Yearling Sales in January. Azamour fillies will be at a bit of a premium since there aren't too many that clients wish to part with!