After promising so much early in her career, the Clinton McDonald-trained Love Days looks ready to deliver when she lines up in Race 5, the Prestige Jayco TOV Sprint Series Heat 1 (1100m) at Geelong on Thursday.
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The four-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit debuted with a dominant seven-length win at Warrnambool over 1100m and then went on to win a BM64 at Moonee Valley at her next start.
She jumped as the short-priced favourite in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Moonee Valley but had to settle for the runner-up prize after being caught three wide without cover for the trip.
Her final start for the campaign was a 4.5-length 9th placing behind Heatherly at Flemington where she didn’t seem to handle the straight.
McDonald took Love Days to Adelaide for her first-up run in her next campaign where she just didn’t show the same early dash she had previously.
This time in however, a recent jumpout at Caulfield showed she is well and truly back to her speedy best.
She flew the gates in the quickest 800m heat of the day and stopped the clock at 47.12.
She led comfortably early in the jumpout and then put five lengths on her rivals in the space of 150m when asked to quicken.
Admittedly, I would have preferred to see her first-up over a 955m trip at Moonee Valley, but McDonald knows what he’s doing and considering her best form is fresh, the stable would be aiming to get a win out of her early in this preparation.
Damien Oliver hasn’t ridden the mare but jumps aboard on Thursday, and that’s another sign to suggest she’s ready to win.
Darren Weir’s Keep Not A Day is the likely danger and he could try and hold Love Days out from the inside gate.
Love Days is the runner with more potential here and if she brings her A-game, she’ll win.
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