In-form trainer Adam Durrant is changing tactics with Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet in his bid to land a prestigious Group 1 double in tomorrow $500,000 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot.
Durrant plans to instruct jockey Daniel Staeck to ride Mr Moet further back in the field after he came from fifth on the turn to win the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) first-up last Saturday week.
Despite fears about a potential lack of pace Durrant believes the speed will be strong in the Kingston Town. He holds the key to the race with Mr Moet joined by on-speed stayers Chester Road and Lopov.
A win in the Kingston Town will see Mr Moet join the likes of Sniper’s Bullet (2009), Modem (2004), Old Comrade (2001), Island Morn (1994) and Better Loosen Up (1989) as winners of the Railway-Kingston Town double in the same year.
Durrant hit top form with a treble on Super Saturday and repeated the feat at Pinjarra yesterday, with Summah’s Touch, Wroughted and The Millionaire scoring in the first three races.
The Karnup trainer has no concerns with Mr Moet’s draw of barrier one for the Kingston Town.
“It’s the shortest way home, that’s for sure,” Durrant told Racing Radio.
“He’ll be ridden a little bit quieter and probably come with a rush down the outside this time, rather than them coming down the outside and trying to run him down.
“He’s come on in his work.”
Lopov, who won the Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) in September, will go forward from barrier 10. Shaun McGruddy is booked for the ride.
Chester Road scored an impressive 2¼-length win in the Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) first-up last Saturday week. He has drawn barrier 11 and will be ridden by Peter Hall.
Mr Moet is an $11 chance behind $2.65 favourite Luckygray with Player. Chester Road ($19) and Lopov ($101) are rated outsiders.
- Jockeys Paul Harvey and Shaun O’Donnell and apprentice Alex Hearn each copped 13-day careless riding suspensions at Pinjarra yesterday.
Harvey and O’Donnell start their bans at midnight tomorrow, ruling them out of tomorrow week’s Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m).