Real Love and Junoob to clash again in Premier’s Cup

Brisbane Cup bound Real Love and Junoob are set to clash again in the Group 3 $125,000 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Real Love has been installed the favourite for the Premier's Cup at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Real Love has been installed the favourite for the Premier’s Cup at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

The Premier’s Cup, to be run under Quality Handicap conditions, has brought together a field of twelve with the Darren Weir trained Real Love drawing barrier four and Junoob has drawn next to her in barrier five.

Brad Rawiller gets to rides Real Love again after partnering the mare to a three quarters of a lengths win in the Group 3 $125,000 JRA Cup (2000m) at Doomben on May 14.

The Chris Waller trainer Junoob ran a slashing Brisbane Cup trial when he ran home from back in the field to finish fourth to Real Love in the JRA Cup with Blake Shinn in the saddle and the Golden Slipper winning jockey gets the mount again on Saturday.

Both stayers are right on target heading towards the Group 2 $300,000 Evergreen Turf Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.

Weir will also saddle up Puccini who failed to beat a runner home when twelfth to Leebaz in the Group 2 $358,000 All-New Jaguar F-Pace A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on May 7.

Doomben Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy takes over from Glen Colless and Puccini will jump from barrier eight.

Index Linked is Waller’s second runner in the Premier’s Cup and is coming off a last start fifth to Ecuador in the Listed $100,000 Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) at Rosehill on May 7.

James McDonald takes over from apprentice Rory Hutchings and the eight year old is certain to get a good run from barrier three.

Rudy is stepping back up in distance after dead heating for first with Jumbo Prince in the Listed $100,000 Singapore Turf Club Trophy (1600m) at Doomben on May 14.

The Helen Page trained Rudy has drawn the outside barrier with Mark Zahra taking over from Blake Shinn.

Toowoomba Cup winner Honey Toast battled on okay when sixth in the Hollindale Stakes and the 2200m of the Premier’s Cup will be more to his liking.

Jim Byrne takes the ride again on Honey Toast and is certain to have the Ben Currie trained five year old racing in the first three or four after jumping from the number one barrier.

Premier’s Cup market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.90 Real Love, $5 Junoob, $5.50 Rudy, $6 Honey Toast, $6.50 Index Linked, $20 Imperial Lass, $21 Puccini, Benzini, $41 Instrumentalist, Walhaan, Lever Lever, $61 Jetset Lad.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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