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The Western Australian-raced mare Real Love has escaped retirement for at least another preparation with prominent Perth owner-breeder Bob Peters confirming she would race on in Melbourne during the spring.
Transferred from WA to the Melbourne Cup winning Victorian stables of Darren Weir during the summer, Desert King five-year-old Real Love was originally set to join Peters’ star line-up of mares heading to stud this season.
Best known of her Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) win last year and her smart third in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) this autumn, Real Love’s swansong was scheduled as the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on June 11.
After back-to-back Doomben wins in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2000m) and Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) in May, she jumped the $4.20 favourite for the Brisbane Cup on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
She failed to make it three on the trot however and was beaten four lengths crossing fourth to winner Benzini in the mile and a half feature.
Peters has since confirmed the $1.15 million earner had pulled through the run in good order and would press onto a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival bid where the options were wide open.
“The stable said she has pulled up well from the Brisbane Cup,” Peters told the media this week.
“We have our quota of mares to go to stallions this year and because she was doing so well, have decided to push on.
“She has been in work for almost a year, so she is tough.
“She can spell up in Queensland for a few weeks and then will go back into training.
“The good thing about being in Victoria is there are a plethora of races available to her.
“We can then wait and see where she is at.”
There is definitely no shortage of stud-bound mares on Peters’ roster this season with the likes of dual Group 1 winner Delicacy who won this year’s Perth Cup and her former stablemate Arcadia Dream, who took out the WATC Derby in April, heading the line-up.
Possible spring options for Real Love include the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield in late September, Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in October and possibly even the Spring Cups.
The first leg of the coveted Spring Cups double is the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and is followed by the iconic $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles on the first Tuesday of November, which Weir won with $101 roughie Prince Of Penzance last season.
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