Prominent Perth owner Bob Peters rates his Perth Cup winner Real Love as the best chance of his four runners in the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
As well as Real Love, Peters has his dual Group 1 winner Delicacy, the unbeaten three year old filly Perfect Reflection and the in-form Neverland running in the $1m weight for age feature.
Trainer Adam Durrant prepares Real Love while Grant Williams puts the final touches on Delicacy, Perfect Reflection and Neverland.
Of the four runners, Real Love has drawn the best barrier at seven while Delicacy has drawn the outside of the sixteen horse field with Neverland at ten and Perfect Reflection coming up with gate twelve.
“She’s (Real Love) going really well,” Bob Peters told The West Australian.
“I think she is our best chance in the race.
“Perfect Reflection is inexperienced and is up against tough and experienced horses here.
“Three-year-old fillies haven’t yet won this race for a reason.”
Real Love showed her toughness in leading all of the way to win last Summer’s Group 2 $500,000 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on New Year’s Day and Peters is happy with the way the Desert King mare is going.
Real Love kicked off her Summer Carnival campaign with a first up win in the Group 3 $150,000 Seacorp Starlight-Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 31.
Then second up she settled back in the field for Damien Oliver and was unable to make enough ground on a leader bias track to be amongst the prizemoney and finished seventh to Good Project in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium-Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot two weeks ago.
Chris Parnham gets the ride this week after Oliver choose to ride the German galloper Magic Artist and connections are hoping the track plays a bit fairer this week.
Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have Real Love alongside of Delicacy on the third line of betting at $6 while undefeated Perfect Reflection is the second favourite at $4.40 for the Kingston Town Classic.
Neverland claimed a hat trick of wins with victory in the Listed $100,000 Carbine Club Of W.A. Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Railway Stakes Day and is marked as a $15 chance.
Magic Artist heads the market order at $3.90 and is certain to be given the run of the by Oliver from barrier one.
Kingston Town Classic market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.90 Magic Artist, $4.40 Perfect Reflection, $6 Delicacy, Real Love, $8 Black Heart Bart, $15 Neverland, $18 Man Booker, $21 Extra Zero, Balmont Girl, Blackwood, Hazzabeel, $41 London Line, $67 Tower Of Lonhro, $101 Bass Strait, $151 Dark Musket, Woodsville.
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