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Chester Road and Mr Moet face their first big test in Saturday's Strickland Stakes as trainer Adam Durrant steers them to the Cox Stakes (2100m) and Perth Cup (2400m) in December.

Chester Road has been a winter revelation and shown great durability to sustain a campaign of 10 starts, winning four of his past five at 2000m and 2100m in lesser class. Mr Moet has raced seven times to claim four wins this campaign.

Both have carried 58.5kg and 59.5kg to victory respectively.

On Saturday they face WA Oaks and WATC Derby winner Dreamaway and last start Hyperion Stakes runner-up Rosie Rocket under weight-for-age conditions in the $125,000 Group 3 feature.

Chester Road (92 rating) and Mr Moet (92) on 59kg, concede the higher-rated Dreamaway (98) and Rosie Rocket (95) 2kg under the WFA conditions and meet Battle Emblem (101) on level terms.

Durrant, who is on track for a second trainers' title on 42 city wins, plans to run both horses first-up in the Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 23 before heading into the WFA Kingston Town Classic (1800m) a fortnight later and then the WFA Cox Stakes and Perth Cup.

"I can't really split them," Durrant said. "They have both done a great job to go from restricted class to open in a year.

"Both owners have their mares at stud so if they can get some Black Type at their last runs that would be good.

"They'll have a couple of trials over 1450m and run in the Railway first-up.

"I'll take that path because they will get too much weight in the lesser lead-up races."

Durrant is after a feature double on Saturday with Just Wicked and Jim 'N' Jim contesting the $80,000 Belmont Oaks (2000m).

Durrant jumps Just Wicked 600m from the three-year-old's last start second to Numerous Times in all-age over 1400m a fortnight ago.

Just Wicked carried 59kg and 57kg against her own age to win over 1200m and 1300m at her previous two Belmont Park starts.

"The distance is questionable, but history in the Belmont Oaks shows it is not always won by a stayer," Durrant said. "She carried 59kg and beat the three-year-olds and she meets them on equal weights (55.5kg) here."

Jim 'N' Jim, by Saxon, was having her 11th start and claimed her second career win over 1650m at Belmont last Wednesday week.

"She jumps up in class but she will stay," Durrant said.

·Jockey Glenn Smith had a bad first day back from a holiday at Belmont yesterday when stewards banned him for 16 days for causing interference on Vacqueyras to Prophet Of War near the 150m in race three.

Stewards also opened an inquiry into interference at the 1000m in race eight involving the winner My Rouge (Ben Patterson), Hay Street Hero (Aaron Mitchell), Love You Like That (Hayley Diener), Dream Theatre (Jarrad Noske) and Twin City Soldier (Brad Parnham).

"They have both done a great job to go from restricted class to open in a year.""Trainer *Adam Durrant *

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