LOVE FACES HER BIGGEST TEST TO DATE
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.”