She was the only filly in the line-up never to have won a race before, but Forever Together turned the Investec Oaks into a procession — streaking home by four-and-a-half lengths on Friday.
The 7-1 shot grabbed a favoured berth on the stand’s side rail in the home straight as the runners crossed the course in search of the best ground.
And the Aidan O’Brien-trained daughter of Galileo pulled clear of 5-2 favourite Wild lllusion, while front-running stablemate Bye Bye Baby finished a further threeand- a-half lengths back in third.
Forever Together trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Donnacha celebrate after winning the Oaks
Forever Together became the first maiden to win the Oaks since Sun Princess in 1983. She is also trainer O’Brien’s seventh winner of the race and could well be the sweetest for the allconquering Irish trainer.
O’Brien has won 31 British Classics and achieved Derby success with Camelot and Australia, who were ridden by his eldest son Joseph before increasing weight forced him to retire to become a trainer.
But Aidan and Joseph never won an Oaks together and now he has achieved the feat with his youngest son, Donnacha, 19.
Forever Together became the first maiden to win the Oaks since Sun Princess in 1983
The teenager landed his first Classic last month on board Saxon Warrior in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, while his father was in America at the Kentucky Derby.
To be present to witness Donnacha win the Oaks was special for a man who places family at the top of his priorities. O’Brien said: ‘It is unbelievable. We could never have expected this to have happened. To be here with (his sisters) Sarah and Ana was very special.
‘I can’t tell you how grateful we feel and we don’t take it for granted. From very early the boys were looking at races so tactically.
‘They are natural and Donnacha is very confident. He works very hard and puts it in 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
‘I don’t have to say much to him because he knows what’s