Real Love in the running

ON THE RUN: Strapper Maddie Raymond gets Caulfield Cup hopeful Real Love up to a canter along the beach near Lady Bay in Warrnambool. Picture: Rob Gunstone

ON THE RUN: Strapper Maddie Raymond gets Caulfield Cup hopeful Real Love up to a canter along the beach near Lady Bay in Warrnambool. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Darren Weir has already prepared a Melbourne Cup winner from the beaches of Warrnambool.

That seaside influence is strong again as Weir prepares Real Love to line up in Saturday's Caulfield Cup. The former West Australian stayer has benefited from Weir's Wangoom base and he is refreshingly realistic about her chances.

"She is going well, she is just so tough and sound and the beach really helps her," Weir said.

"What it does is it allows you to get them to their peak and keep them there for longer. If that is good enough [to win a Caulfield Cup] it is good enough, we won't know until Saturday. What you see in the form is what you can expect on Saturday from her. I have been in these races often enough to know all we can do is have them at their best, like she is."

Weir, who prepared Prince Of Penzance to win last year's Melbourne Cup, is getting more opportunities to train horses and remembers when Real Love arrived at his yard.

"Real Love came with good form and was a beautiful mover and horse,” Weir said.

“I don't know who had her before me but they did a great job and we just had to carry it on. Real Love has just been great to train and she gets into the race with the right weight and preparation.

"It would be good to get it right by winning a Caulfield Cup. They are not easy to win but we're there with a chance.”

She closed off the Naturalism Stakes well to finish midfield before lumping 58kg to victory in the JRA Cup at Moonee Valley.

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