Leading local Peter Hall is thrilled to have picked up the ride on Real Love in Saturday’s 2015 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse and is confident the mare is capable of upsetting resounding race favourite Delicacy and return to winning form.
Real Love has been a strong and consistent performer for trainer Adam Durrant since first appearing on course competitively in 2013; returning this time for an impressive win in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) on October 31st but failing to fire in either of the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) or Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) most recently.
Hall has taken the ride on Delicacy in place of regular hoop William Pike a few times this year but told the West Australian he knew he wouldn’t retain the ride and is pleased to partner Real Love in the 2015 CB Cox Stakes.
“It was always going to happen,” Hall said of jumping off Delicacy.
“He (William Pike) would have been mad if he didn’t choose Delicacy.
“It’s exciting to be riding Real Love in a race for the first time.
“She looks like she needs 2000m plus to show her best. Danielle Conroy rides her in all her work but I galloped her this morning and she’s going along really well.”
Knowing the clear race favourite well, Hall concedes it will still take a mammoth effort to overcome Delicacy in the 2015 CB Cox Stakes.
“She’s got such a brilliant turn of foot,” Hall said.
“We nearly pinched a Group 1 from barrier 16 (Kingston Town Classic).”
Real Love has posted six impressive wins and as many minors through only eighteen career starts so far; undoubtedly finding career-best form to date through a 2014/15 Perth Summer Carnival campaign highlighted by wins in each of the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2200m), Listed WA St Leger (2100m) and Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m).
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 CB Cox Stakes odds, for which Real Love can be taken at a quote of $4.60 for success; interestingly figuring as the only runner other than Delicacy ($1.50) figuring at odds of less-than $10.