Racing for the first time in her four-year-old campaign, much was expected of the 11-10 favorite after victories in the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks last season. Ridden with confidence by Moore – who was recording a 63rd Royal Ascot win – Love kept finding more to repel all challengers and run out a comfortable three-quarter length winner from Audarya (10-1).
Love provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with a 75th Royal Ascot success, and owners Coolmore were celebrating a fourth win in this prestigious 10-furlong contest.
Regarding her next target, O'Brien said: “I think everything is open to her, the King George, the Eclipse, whatever the lads decide and whatever they want to do.”
Love won the 1 1/4-mile turf race in 2:06.86.
In Wednesday's other Royal Ascot races:
• Windsor Castle. Chipotle provided jockey Charles Bishop and trainer Eve Johnson Houghton with a second Royal Ascot success in the five-furlong Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
Eyes were drawn early to the pace-setting Frankie Detorri aboard Wesley Ward trainee Ruthin, the 3-1 track favorite. But it was the 22-1 outsider Chipotle who emerged the victor, scything through the far-side pack and pulling away for a 2 1/4-length victory. Dig Two (7-1) took second place, with Boonie (18-1) a head further back in third. Ward's other starter, Golden Bell, finished 16th in the field of 27.
The winner was bouncing back from a lesser effort on soft ground at Sandown Park having won his first two starts – the Brocklesby at Doncaster and the Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial over the course and distance on April 28.
• Queen's Vase (G2). Kemari belied his relative inexperience to win the Queen’s Vase over a mile and six furlongs on just his third start. The Godolphin-owned Kemari (15-2) was ridden by William Buick – who was enjoying his 27th Royal Ascot winner – and the combination sat just off the pace before striding clear in the home straight. Favorite Wordsworth (10-3), for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien, was beaten a length and a half in second, with a further length and a quarter back to Stowell (12-1) in third.
• Duke of Cambridge (G2). Frankie Dettori enjoyed his 75th Royal Ascot winner aboard 22-1 outsider Indie Angel in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes. Run over the straight mile, Dettori maneuvered the 4-year-old closest to the stands’ side rail and the duo finished strongly for an impressive 2 1/2-length success. Lady Bowthorpe (7-2) was second, with the 11-4 favorite Queen Power a short head further back in third.
• Royal Hunt Cup. Apprentice jockey Marco Ghiani showed there is more than one Italian who can succeed at Royal Ascot when riding his first winner at the meeting on 18/1 shot Real World in the Royal Hunt Cup.
Riding for Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor – as his fellow countryman Frankie Dettori did successfully for many years – Ghiani stalked the pace in the far-side group during the early stages of the ultra-competitive handicap, before powering clear for an impressive four and three-quarter length success.
Minor honours went to Astro King (11-2 favorite), Grove Ferry (12/1) and Ouzo (33-1), who all emerged from the stands’ side group to chase home the impressive winner.
• Kensington Palace. Apprentice jockey Laura Pearson enjoyed her first Royal Ascot success on Lola Showgirl as she led home a one-two for trainer David Loughnane in the Kensington Palace Handicap, the final race of an absorbing day two.
The Kensington Palace over the round mile is a new addition to the Royal Ascot program this year and is restricted to older fillies and mares. Pearson proved tactically astute aboard 12/1 chance Lola Showgirl, fending off stablemate Ffion (10/1) by three-quarters of a length. Waliyak (9/1) made ground late to take third, a neck behind the runner-up.