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Trainer backs California Love to 'step up'

Richard Spencer is confident California Love will be able to make the ‘step up’ when she goes in Saturday’s Group 3 german-thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket (3.45pm).

HIGH HOPES: Richard Spencer
HIGH HOPES: Richard Spencer

The two-year-old filly impressed during her second outing at the July Course last month, winning the seven-furlong Lettergold Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes.

This weekend’s assignment will represent an enhancement in terms of the quality of the opposition, but having recently triumphed over course and distance, Spencer is expecting further improvement from the daughter of Irish 2000 Guineas winner Power.

“She has done nothing since the win at Newmarket to suggest she will not be able to make the step up,” said the Sefton Lodge-based trainer.

“She made her debut at Chelmsford, where she ran well but was very green.

“We were confident she would improve next time at Newmarket and she did.

“If she can make the same sort of step up again, which I feel she can, then she has a good chance on Saturday.”

Victory for California Love would continue a positive spell for Spencer, who last week was celebrating Rumble Inthejungle’s win in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood.

The two-year-old, who finished fourth in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, is likely to return to action in September at Doncaster, with Spencer also eyeing the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

“It was a good day. The horse ran very well at Royal Ascot and he took another step forward,” added Spencer.

“I felt it would take a very good horse to beat him because he was in great shape. We are looking at the Flying Childers and if he comes out of that then it will be the Middle Park.”

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