Prolific Perth owner-breeder Bob Peters is pretty confident plans to retire star mare Real Love to the breeding barn after her 2016 Brisbane Cup bid next month will stick.
Originally raced in Western Australia, the now Darren Weir-trained daughter of Desert King took her record up to eight wins, five seconds and six thirds at start number 23 last weekend at Doomben.
Best known for her 2015 Perth Cup success, she contested the same Group 2 2400m classic this January gone and ran third to the Grant Williams-trained filly Delicacy.
The Perth Cup title defence, while unsuccessful, was always the major target Peters had in mind for the mare after she went to train with last year’s Melbourne Cup winning horseman Weir.
She has continued to impress since however running top three in her subsequent six assignments including a third to Purple Smile in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m).
“She’s been up for a long time, she came up to be aimed at the Perth Cup and she’s just kept going ever since so she’s very tough and easy to handle at all times,” Peters told TAB Radio this week.
After the JRA Cup success, Peters confirmed Real Love would race next-up at Doomben on May 28 in the $125,000 Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m).
From there her Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival finale will take place at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 11, in the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) over the mile and a half.
While open-minded about keeping Real Love going if she is particularly explosive during her remaining Queensland targets, Peters is more certain than not the Brisbane Cup will mark the end of the mare’s turf career.
“My plan was for her to go to Brisbane for three races and then go to the breeding barn,” he said.
“Plans can change – if she went really well in her next two races we would have to think about possibly racing her on but that will depend on those two runs.”
Having amassed over $1 million in prize money after the Doomben victory last start, Real Love is already a valuable broodmare prospect for Peters Investments Pty Ltd.
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