The step up to 1800m of the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic at Ascot in Perth on Saturday will suit the Adam Durrant trained Real Love.
Real Love showed her liking for the longer journeys over the Summer months last year when she scored a hat trick of wins at Ascot in the Group 3 $100,000 Queen’s Cup (2200m), the Listed $100,000 Perth Ice Works W.A. St Leger (2100m) and in the Group 2 $500,000 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m).
The Desert King mare was then able to score a first up win this campaign in the Group 3 $150,000 Seacorp Starlight-Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 31 before her last start seventh to Good Project in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium-Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 21.
Racing at Ascot that day didn’t suit the backmarkers and Durrant is willing to forget that Real Love went around after settling near the tail of the field and getting no chance to gain any ground on the leaders.
Durrant is hoping for better track conditions this week to give every horse a chance in the weight for age Kingston Town Classic.
“It was one of those days it was pretty difficult to make up any ground at all and there was probably two or three eye catches in the race,” Durrant told Racing Ahead.
“Going forward over the longer journey is where they are going to be best suited. It was pretty disappointing to see the way the track did play out for that day. It was very very difficult for anything to sort of make ground.”
“The track was obviously not fair for the whole team. That’s just the way it goes sometimes, they all have to race on.”
“Unfortunately my horses couldn’t adapt to that sort of on pace racing.”
“Looking at Saturday hopefully they can get it right and give everyone a chance.”
Even though Real Love was left stranded back in the field, Durrant was happy with the way she finished off the race at the end of the 1600m and is looking forward to seeing her step up to the 1800m on Saturday.
“Obviously she is a horse that is going to keep improving as she gets up over further. She attacked the line really well,” Durrant said.
“The plan was to go forward but unfortunately she took a little bit of a backward step as the gates opened and basically the hand was dealt and we had to go back.”
“She hit the line well, run good sectionals. She has come through the run really well which is the most important thing and she has a few races in the future for her.”
Damien Oliver was aboard Real Love in the Railway Stakes but the Champion jockey has opted to take the ride on the German galloper Magic Artist leaving Durrant to snap up the services of local hoop Chris Parnham.
“Chris (Parnham) is riding her. Damien has opted for a Melbourne horse,” Durrant said.
“So hopefully she can finish off the race that well again and if she can’t win, be hitting the line well for the Cox Stakes and possibly another crack at the Perth Cup in a months time.”
Durrant will saddle up two runners in the Kingston Town Classic and while Real Love is among the top chances at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au, his other starter Tower Of Lonhro is rated as one of the outsiders of the field at $81.
Joseph Azzopardi will ride Tower Of Lonhro who also went around in the Railway Stakes, finishing eleventh, and the leading Perth trainer has been happy with the way both horses have come through the run.
“They has come through their last run really well and their work has been really good,” Durrant said.
“They had their hard gallop this morning.”
Kingston Town Classic market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.20 Magic Artist, $4.40 Perfect Reflection, $5.50 Delicacy, $7.50 Real Love, $9 Black Heart Bart, $13 Neverland, $19 Extra Zero, Man Booker, $21 Hazzabeel, Balmont Girl, Blackwood, $34 London Line, $67 Bass Strait, $81 Tower Of Lonhro, $101 Dark Musket, $151 Woodsville.
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