Token of Love set for 2018 Canberra Cup

Canberra mare Token Of Love will be set for the 2018 Canberra Cup following her third in Saturday’s Group 2 $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.  

Token Of Love ($21) ran her best-ever race building off her brave second in the $120,000 Emerson Handicap at Moonee Valley; having won in Sydney in lesser company prior.

Token Of Love is trained by the resurgent Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones yard and is owned by long-time stable supporters Hancox Bloodstock.

She has now won six of her 25 starts for prize money of more than $200,000 — a big return for the $8,000 outlaid for her as at the Inglis Classic yearling sales in 2014.

Her Melbourne campaign has considerably enhanced her value as a brood mare and the stable says she’s gone to the spelling paddock in great order.

Token Of Love has got better with age and her toughness and ability to race on speed are her greatest attributes.

She rounded out a great Melbourne Cup Carnival for Canberra stables with the Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze placing second in the Caulfield Cup.