Returning top racing in scintillating form this season, talented four-year-old Real Love has claimed early favouritism for success in the Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse after taking out the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2200m) over the weekend.
Jumping from the gates only fairly in the Queen’s Cup, jockey leading West Australian jockey William Pike was forced to settle the Desert King mare off the pace of the race’s early leaders, however found a good rhythm early to remain in competitive position.
Finding a clear line upon reaching the final straight, Real Love quickly spooled up and charged to the fore of the pack, pulling clear with 200m to run an hitting the line a comfortable two-and-a-half lengths in the clear of closest rival Son Of Something.
Yet to settle on the next point of call for the four-year-old, breeder and co-owner Bob Peters told the West Australian Group 1 winner Elite Belle is a certainty for the 2014 C.B. Cox Stakes, while Real Love and stable mate Real Charm are well-and-truly in contention.
“I’ll toss up on that later on,” Peters said.
“We’ll have Elite Belle for the Cox Stakes anyway. Respondent will possibly go to the St Leger, but I’m not sure yet.
“Real Love and Real Charm were very good on Saturday. Real Love was hard and fit and she really trimmed up from her previous run.
“We’ve had a strong year on the black-type side.
“We’ve always been strong in the autumn and looked promising for the summer but haven’t got the results.
“We made some changes to our business plan and it seems to be working.”
Securing three wins and a further six minor places over her eleven competitive starts so far, Real Love ran second in a minor over 1400m first-up this time; returning to the winner’s circle in the Super Saturday Next Sat 3.y.o+ (1500m) and placed second in the Listed W.A. Stakes (1400m) leading into his Queen’s Cup triumph.
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