After an ideal barrier five draw for Thursday’s feature race at Ascot Racecourse, the classy Adam Durrant-trained mare Real Love has secured her spot at the top of the 2015 Perth Cup odds.
The big race of New Year’s Day down under, this season’s $500,000 Group 2 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) features a full field of 16 starters plus two emergencies.
Clear favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to join the Perth Cup winners’ list is Durrant’s four-year-old daughter of Desert King Real Love who is now at a short $2.40 and firming to win her third on the trot this Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
Going from strength-to-strength over her career, which has produced four wins from 12 starts plus a WA Oaks second and WATC Derby third during the autumn, Real Love is a genuine staying type that should relish getting back out over a mile and a half this week.
She won the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2200m) – Listed WA St Leger (2100m) double at the track during December so is in flying form for this.
Plus Real Love drops from 56kg to the 54kg minimum for her Perth Cup bid, ace rider William Pike staying on, so it’s hard to bet against her.
There are then four other single-figure hopes in the latest post-barrier draw Perth Cup betting markets with:
- #15 Respondent ($8.50) – Barrier 12 draw and Brad Parhnam staying on this Grant Williams-trained Haradasun gelding who won the WATC Derby at Group 2 level over this track and distance as a three-year-old. His form this time in as a four-year-old was good early before a Railway Stakes 7th and Kingston Town 13th at Group 1 level derailed things. He showed improvement however in the WA St Leger on December 20 crossing only a half-length away third to Real Love and this time gets the weight advantage dropping from 58kg to 54kg while his last start conqueror rises two kilos meeting him 2kg worse in the weights on Thursday.
- #14 Red Blast ($9) – The early market mover having been backed in from $11, Dan Morton’s gelding is also on just 54kg for this and should enjoy the light weight after carrying 59kg under WFA conditions in the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) last time out when runner-up behind Railway Stakes winner Elite Belle in what could prove the form line to follow into the Perth Cup.
- #10 Kirov Boy ($9) – Danny Miller retains the ride on Arthur Mortimer’s five-year-old who comes off a win over 2200m here from December 24 when defeating a lower-class field by a huge 7.75 lengths. It was a barnstorming run and he should eat up the metres again here but it is a rise to Group 2 company so needs to be at his best.
- #4 Balmont Girl ($9) – Paula Wagg’s Railway Stakes runner-up from earlier this preparation was challenging Real Love for Perth Cup favouritism but her wide barrier 15 draw and big 57kg weight have seen her ease in the markets. She’s never carried those kilos before and the barrier makes things more difficult for the WA Oaks winner who ran second in the St Leger before this with 56kg.
The next best fancied at more generous prices are then former Kingston Town Classic winner Ihtsahymn ($11) coming off a close CB Cox Stakes fourth, Justin Warwick’s Queen’s Cup runner-up Son Of Something ($11) in barrier 17 (into 15) and the Neville Parnham-trained CB Cox Stakes third placed gelding Bass Strait ($18) out in the second widest barrier.
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