The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

LOVE None has won four races in her life.

All of them at her home track at Muswell­brook, each one at 1280m and not an inch longer.

To­mor­row, the Mark Sch­met­zer-trained mare faces her big­gest chal­lenge yet – win­ning away from home and at 2000m in the $125,000 ATC Coun­try Clas­sic at Rose­hill Gar­dens.

“She is a headache of a horse,” Sch­met­zer ex­plained.

“She doesn’t like trav­el­ling and she loves races at Muswell­brook so I have kind of just kept her fresh and rac­ing over the 1280m here un­til she just looked like she wanted that bit fur­ther.

“She is bred to get a trip and has the con­for­ma­tion of stayer – it’s just writ­ten all over here.”

In­deed, on pedi­gree alone, Love None would run a mile and a half.

Her sire, Duke Of Mar­malade, won five Group 1’s up to 12 fur­longs while Love None’s dam­sire, Fu­saichi Pe­ga­sus won the Ken­tucky Derby.

Even so, Sch­met­zer be­lieves that Love None’s feath­er­weight could be the key to win­ning what would clearly be the big­gest vic­tory of her 20 start ca­reer.

Thanks to Rachel Hunt’s claim, Love None will race will a mere 50.5kg, nearly 10kg less than top­weight Red Knot.

“She goes around with 50.5kg which is huge for a 2000m race and Rachel rode her treat last time,” Sch­met­zer said.

“There doesn’t look like there is a whole heap of speed so hope­fully she can be­gin in­stead of miss­ing the kick and be up in the first half dozen with the light­weight on her back and I think she’ll run a strong 2000m.

“I thought she was well over the odds.

“Ob­vi­ously you can’t be too con­fi­dent go­ing to town in a race like this but I am con­fi­dent with where she is for this race. I don’t think could be any bet­ter.”

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