Real Love May Retire at End of Season
As the 2015-2016 thoroughbred racing season nears its end, many owners and trainers face the uncertainty of deciding the best course for the futures of their runners.
WA owner-breeder Bob Peters and current trainer Darren Weir are doing exactly that as they try to determine whether Real Love will be sent to stud or will try to continue racing.
Real Love has been a well-traveled winner, with over $1 million to her credit and she recently set a course record at Doomben when she won the 2000 m Group 3 JRA Cup. Since training with Weir, she has finished in the top three from six jumps in races in SA, VIC and QLD.
Previous to the JRA Cup, Real Love won over 2600 m at Flemington when she took a listed race, the Roy Higgins Quality. She has never won a Group 1 race, but her WA roots were rewarded when she won the Perth Cup at Ascot in 2015.
Real Love has won eight times in 26 starts. The 2010 product of Ireland’s Desert King (sire) and Flaming Heart (dam) would seem to be a valuable commodity on the breeding market and bringing her back in the spring would seem counter to her best interests and those of her owners.