Adam Durrant announced WA Oaks and WATC Derby plans for Crystal Gardens after the filly’s strong win at Ascot today.
The leading trainer has big plans this autumn for Crystal Gardens, who bounced back from two luckless placings to win the Westspeed Handicap (1600m).
Backed into $1.65 favouritism, Crystal Gardens ran on from sixth on the turn to gun down pacesetter Kai’s Diamond ($5.50) by ¾ of a length. Alyssa was third.
Crystal Gardens continued Durrant and jockey Ben Kennedy’s hot form.
The Blackfriars filly won a maiden at Bunbury on debut before striking bad luck at her following two starts at Ascot.
“She should have been undefeated,” Durrant said.
“She’s heading in the right direction as a leading chance for the Oaks.
“She still wobbles around the corner a bit – she did it again today.
“I wouldn’t swap her for anything heading towards the Oaks and maybe even the Derby.
“She’ll have one more run then join in over 1600m in the fillies’ race heading towards the Oaks.”
Four-year-old Trading Day scored his second win from his past three starts with a big performance in the James Logan’s 40th Birthday Handicap.
Trading Day sat outside the leader for apprentice Joseph Azzopardi and bounded away in the straight to beat Zero To Sixty by 4½ lengths.
“He’s come back really good,” part-owner Wes White said.
“We gave him eight weeks off after his last prep and sometimes patience pays off.”
Due to a mistake by barrier staff, the race was run over 1380m instead of 1400m.
Talented sprinter Terkel bounced back from a disappointing first-up run to score in the Harcourts WA Handicap (1000m).
Terkel recorded his fifth win from 10 starts when beating Park Lane by 1½ lengths.
“He’s not as wild as he’s been in the past,” part-owner Chris Wells said.
“He probably needed the run first-up.”