Immature Love Bomb kicks into gear in Gr2

Immature Love Bomb kicks into gear in Gr2

July 27, 2020 / 7 months ago

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Improving Love Bomb wins the Gr2 Golden Slipper. (Candiese Lenferna).

Caralluma was all the rage to win Saturday’s Gr2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Gr2 Golden Slipper over 1400m at Greyville, but she was upstaged by KZN-based Love Bomb (35-1), an improving two-year-old from Frank Robinson’s yard, owned and bred by Greg Whittaker.


Love Bomb appeared to be under some pressure throughout the first half of the contest but, as her connections later explained, this was due to greenness.


Sean Veale had Love Bomb placed on the rail, but she was seven lengths off the pace and two lengths behind Caralluma when they swung for home, and Veale was pushing her to get going.


With Caralluma about to start her finishing run, expected by most to be a winning one, Love Bomb came off the false rail into a beautiful passage, quickened nicely and swept by Caralluma to win by 0.80-lengths.


“We’ve always fancied this filly but she’s very green and immature and that was the reason for her disappointing last run. Her work at home is exceptional” said Robinson, adding, “I’m over the moon for Greg.”


Veale confirmed: “Love Bomb is still immature, she wasn’t travelling well early on but when we came to the bend I squeezed her. She gave it to me and blew them away. 


“She started looking around when she hit the front, but then kicked again and won going away. The further the better for her, she’s smart.”


Love Bomb is a daughter of Avontuur’s sire Oratorio out of the Captain Al mare, Boloval. She was a R175 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale buy and has won twice from three starts for stakes of R156 250.