Harry Love attempts to maintain his hot run of form when he goes for gold in the feature race at Beverley on Sunday.
Trained in Norton, North Yorkshire, by Ollie Pears, the two-year-old son of Lawman bids for a hat-trick in the five-furlong Covers33 For All Your Vinyl Needs Nursery Handicap (3.15). Having got off the mark on just his second start at Thirsk in early July, Harry Love then struck over this course and distance with a three-and-a-half-length triumph. Yet Pears believes there is still a great deal more to come from the two-year-old gelding – starting with a big show in the £10,000 dash.
The trainer, who also jointly owns Harry Love with Ownaracehorse Ltd, said: “He’s a very nice horse and we’ve got high hopes for him. He’s definitely improved again since his last win at Beverley and took that race great. It was also good to see the runner-up that day (Vintage Times) win next time up at Ripon so the form looks to be working out really well. We were thinking of going to Redcar with him, but this race popped up and it’s worth good prize-money. We also know he likes Beverley so there’s a lot going for him.
“He’s drawn in stall one so Ben (Robinson) is likely to pop out and be as handy as he can. His work has been good. He’s a very straightforward horse, he has a good temperament and is very sound. I don’t just see him as a two-year-old, though – he’s definitely a horse with a big future.”
Harry Love takes on four rivals at Beverley, with the David O’Meara-trained Great Dame at the head of the weights. Proper Beau (Bryan Smart), Tom Tulliver (Declan Carroll) and last-time-out Newbury winner Bushtucker Trial, trained by Michael Bell, complete the line-up. Pears is triple-handed at Beverley on Sunday as he is also set to saddle Carry On Deryck in the John Jenkins Claiming Stakes (2.10) over seven and a half furlongs.
Stablemate Billyoaks later runs in the concluding five-furlong Pure Broadband Handicap at 6pm. Pears said: “Billyoaks and Carry On Deryck have plenty on their plate, to be fair, so Harry Love is obviously our best chance of winner at Beverley on Sunday.”
The going at Beverley is good, the forecast is for sunny spells and a high of 25C.