Love Conquers All is a major player in this weekend’s Doomben 10,000 and looks like the horse most likely to challenge Hay List.
He’s yet to win a Group 1 but with second placings in the Doncaster and the George Ryder at his last two starts he’s getting closer than ever to claiming a maiden top flight event.
Trained by the Hawkes stable, Love Conquers All arrived in Brisbane yesterday and the final tune up is underway before Doomben this Saturday.
With Black Caviar out of the race Michael Hawkes as renewed confidence in his Doomben 10,000 chances.
“He arrived here Sunday morning and since arriving he’s done very well, very happy with him,” he said.
“He’s done everything right since the Doncaster, he’s freshened up well, and aimed at the 10,000 and Stradbroke.”
The colt is very versatile and has the ability to run a cracking pace on dry tracks but he’s also better than most at working across the soft ground.
His second to Sacred Choice in the Doncaster last start was on a Heavy 10 in horrible conditions at Randwick.
The start before that in the George Ryder he was beaten by Rangirangdoo on an improving Dead Rosehill surface.
“The horse is well just hope for a nice draw, Chris is on him he knows him well,” he said.
“He’s a real racehorse and he’s very professional in what he does, that’s the best part about him.”
Love Conquers All will be one of the favourites for the Doomben 10,000 but he’ll still be a fair way behind Hay List who is listed as a short priced favourite.
In a good field featuring the likes of Beaded, Buffering, All Silent and Black Piranha, Love Conquers All has managed to avoid a lot of the spotlight and his preparation will continue unhindered in his Sunshine Coast base.
“He had a gallop at Caloundra this morning, he worked very well, pulled up nice and bright,” Hawkes said.
The Brisbane Carnival is expected to be a big one for the Hawkes stable who have sent up a team of seven to contest both the big events and a few of the smaller races as well.