Forever Together shed her maiden tag with a stunning victory in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by his son, Donnacha, Forever Together was a 7-1 chance having failed to win any of her three previous starts, most recently chasing home stablemate Magic Wand in the Cheshire Oaks.
O’Brien fielded five of the nine runners in all and it was Bye Bye Baby who cut out the early running.
She began to falter early in the home straight and was swiftly passed by Forever Together and the 5-2 favourite Wild Illusion.
However, it was soon clear Forever Together had far more to give and she came home four and a half lengths clear of the market leader.
Bye Bye Baby boxed on bravely for third, with Magic Wand fourth.
Donnacha O’Brien – who won the 2000 Guineas for his father aboard Saxon Warrior – said: “Forever Together was very impressive. I got a beautiful trip through the race following Ryan (on Magic Wand).
“He edged over and kept me company over to rail. It played out perfectly and the rail seems to be the place to be. She is very genuine and galloped out to the line really well. She is a proper staying filly.
“I should have been a lot closer at Chester, but got into a bit of trouble. I thought a week or two ago that she had a really good chance, then the rain came and I was a bit worried. She seemed to handle it really well, but I was not expecting her to do that.
“When you are riding one of his (father’s), you have a chance. It does not matter what it is. He is an absolute genius and is able to do things with these horses that I don’t understand.
“He just tweaks little things and brings out massive improvement. I don’t know how he does it, but I am trying to learn as much as I can.”
O’Brien partners Kew Gardens for his father in the Investec Derby and added: “It’s nice to get the Oaks win today and hopefully we can double up in the Derby.”
Aidan O’Brien said: “It’s incredible, I’m so delighted for everyone, so thankful to Michael (Tabor), John (Magnier) and Derrick (Smith), it’s brilliant for everyone.
“She caught the eye at Chester, she’s a staying filly and got the trip very well.
“She’s obviously by Galileo and it’s unbelievable. Donnacha gave her an unbelievable ride, it’s incredible.
“We’re all so happy and grateful.”
Looking to future plans for the winner, O’Brien added: “I think it will be the Irish Oaks next, we’ll see what the lads want to do, but that’s what you’d be thinking. She’d love the Curragh, you’d imagine.
“I was very happy with all the fillies really. Donnacha rides her in her work and rode her at Chester and she was the filly he wanted to ride, Ryan couldn’t get off his filly as he was delighted with her at Chester.
“It’s incredible what Donnacha is doing and we’re grateful to a lot of people who work hard every day, we really appreciate it. Donnacha has always been a very good rider, he’s very cool, he rides a lot of work at home, but he’s only 19.
“He’s a tall fella, we’re very grateful to him, he’s very confident, he’s been watching racing since he opened his eyes so tactically he’s very aware. He can make his own decisions and stand by them.”
Trainer Charlie Appleby said of Wild Illusion: “She ran a very creditable race. The winner looks to have outstayed us.
“She got a good run into it, but I thought the leader had skipped clear. She has just been outstayed, it’s as simple as that.
“When William (Buick) made his move I thought she was going to go through with it. William said she was not comfortable coming down the hill. She came there to win her race, but the winner has outstayed us and was the better horse on the day.
“I don’t think we’ve lost too much in defeat.”