Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir has no concerns that Real Love will handle the 3200m of the Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville today.
Real Love is the raging hot Adelaide Cup favourite at $2.20 with Ladbrokes.com.au following the scratching of her stablemate Signoff and is coming off a win in the Listed $120,000 3AW Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington on March 5.
“I would think that would have her spot on for Adelaide. The two mile won’t be a problem the way she ran through the line there,” Weir said.
“Each run she’s progressed really well, she’s come on at home with her training as well.”
Real Love was formerly prepared by Perth trainer Adam Durrant and was having her third start for Weir when she won the Roy Higgins Quality at Flemington with Brad Rawiller in the saddle.
Rawiller will again be aboard Real Love who will jump from barrier eleven in the seventeen horse Adelaide Cup field.
While under the care of Durrant, proven stayer Real Love won the 2015 Group 2 $500,000 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot and backed up again this year with a third behind Delicacy and Neverland.
Weir was disappointed to have to scratch Adelaide Cup top weight Signoff after the six year old developed a temperature on Saturday morning.
“I knew something wasn’t right when he left a dipper of feed this morning, which he never does,” Weir told The Advertiser.
“We took his temperature and it came back at 38.9C.
“We could have waited for another 24 hours but he’d have had to travel first thing tomorrow (Sunday) … and it’s just not worth the risk.
“I’d much rather have two in it than one. It’s not ideal but what can you do?”
Prior to his withdrawal Signoff was at the top of the market at $2.05, just ahead of Real Love at $3.50.