God Of Love ready to deliver again
Toss speedster GOD OF LOVE's last performance out the window - down the track behind I AM FRED beating MAHOGANY at six furlongs in the None Such Trophy - racing two classes above his comfort zone.
Saturday's eighth event at five furlongs round will be like deja vu for GOD OF LOVE whose modus operandi is to bilk open allowance for all its worth, unable to beat the stakes horses allowed to drop class, before similarly qualifying to plunder overnight allowance, dismissing runners stuck at the level after winning their fourth race.
GOD OF LOVE last pulled off his overnight-allowance caper on May 21, running away from LABAN at five furlongs round. The six-year-old lost at the level two weeks earlier but had run flush into MAHOGANY his second race back from a seven-month lay-up. MAHOGANY made hacks of the level on a calendar class relief, clocking 1:11.1 at six furlongs.
With that hiccup out of the way, GOD OF LOVE, who had chased home his stablemate PATRIARCH in three consecutive open allowance/stakes sprints to open his season, had no problem with topweight 126lb in an easy victory over 121lb LABAN with whom he now sits level.
MAHOGANY's class and pace were underlined for all to see two Saturdays ago, winning the Gold Cup at seven furlongs among the best of the best, clocking 1:25.3 with topweight 126lb. No better marker horse can be had than MAHOGANY whose races, even in defeat, hold true to form.
With no matching speed at five furlongs round, expect GOD OF LOVE, reunited with Robert Halledeen, to show that he belongs among open-allowance horses carrying weight, which will give him a chance to win at that level.