Durrant eyeing double
December 22, 2012 15:05:48 UK
Adam Durrant is talking up a possible assault on the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with boom stayer Mr Moet after the five-year-old's brilliant win in the Cox Stakes (2100m) at Ascot.
He'll go to Melbourne and win a race over a long journey.Adam Durrant
The $2.60 red hot favourite mowed down stable-mate Chester Road inside the final 50m of the weight-for-age feature to run away to a 3/4 length win and showcase himself as one of WA's brightest stars along with Luckygray and sprinting sensation Barakey.
Ridden patiently by top jockey Daniel Staeck, Mr Moet tracked Chester Road ($7.50), with Shaun O'Donnell on top to unleash a powerhouse sprint to land his second win at the top level in his past three starts.
Mr Moet broke a 60-year drought when beating WA horse of the year Luckygray in the Group 1 Railway Stakes last month before the placings were reversed in the Group 1 WFA Kingston Town Classic (1800m) a fortnight ago.
Westriver Kevydonn, having his first start over 2100m, led the Group 2 field into the straight until he was claimed by Chester Road down the final stretch.
The Grant Willliams-trained Ranger ($8.50) returned to form to snatch third placing (beaten a length) with outsiders Talent Show ($61) and Big Josh ($31) claiming fourth and fifth placings a further three lengths behind the winner.
The autumn carnival in Melbourne with Mr Moet and Chester Road are also part of Durrant's plan.
Mr Moet's prime goal will be the $1 million Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 9 while Chester Road could follow the footsteps of former Perth Cup winner Guyno and head into the Mornington Cup and Adelaide Cup.
Durrant said he would "let the dust settle" before deciding on whether Mr Moet will push forward into next Tuesday week's $500,000 GRD Perth Cup (2400m) where he is expected to share top-weight with Playing God on 59kg in the Group 2 feature.
Chester Road, who met Mr Moet under equal terms on 59kg today, would meet his stable-mate on far superior weight terms under the handicap conditions in the Perth Cup.
"I feel so lucky and so proud of the team I have behind me and to the horse," Durrant said. "Chester Road is a good horse in his own right but from the 500m I could see the other boy was clicking into his gears.
"I know what a genuine stayer this boy (Mr Moet) is.
"He'll go to Melbourne and win a race over a long journey.
"The further they go the better he will go.
"I want to feel him (Mr Moet) out in the autumn to see where we are going next spring.
"There are a lot of races in Melbourne apart from the Caulfield and melbourne cups.
There are two races on Derby Day (the Lexus and Mackinnon Stakes) on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup.
"We'll sit down and see how running in the Perth Cup affects our program in Melbourne in the autumn before we make any decisions on whether he runs (in the Perth Cup)."
Alcopop is rated as 51.00 to win the 2013 Melbourne Cup, with Dear Demi 51.00.
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