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Oaks the target for Touch
Adam Durrant

Leading trainer Adam Durrant is keen to target the WA Oaks in April with Summah's Touch, who will back up over 1500m at Ascot today.

Summah's Touch tackles the Perth Racing Corporate Members Handicap a week after her game second to Ambers Kingdom over 2200m.

It was an admirable performance at her first attempt over a staying distance, given she was facing older horses and over-raced during the early and middle stages of the race.

Summah's Touch has finished in the first two at each of her past five starts, including an impressive 1 1/4 -length win over Totes Amaze over 1500m on January 1.

Durrant is confident the Blackfriars filly has the strength to handle the quick back-up today and the 2400m of the $250,000 WA Oaks, to be run at Ascot on April 6.

"She got a bit keen last week and it was a good run," Durrant said.

"She'll have one more run and have a quick rest then hopefully get ready for the Oaks. It looks a nice race for her (today). She's in good form and her work has been very good.

"She's not a normal sort of filly. She's a hardy filly and she's very tough. I'm looking forward to the race and she looks the one to beat, for sure."

Summah's Touch is the $2.30 favourite for today's race with Player. She has drawn well in barrier three and carries 57kg after apprentice Ben Paterson's claim. Durrant will look to extend his lead in the metropolitan trainers' premiership with Thunderluv'n (race three) and Karratha Crossing (four).

He has 23 winners this season, one more than nearest rival Neville Parnham.

Durrant said his gun galloper, Mr Moet, would be flown to Melbourne in early February for three features, including the $1 million Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 9.

Mr Moet will resume in the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 9 before tackling the St George Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on February 23. Mr Moet won the Railway Stakes (1600m) and CB Cox Stakes (2100m) and ran second in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m) and the Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot this summer.

"He had a couple of quiet days at the stable after the cup and he's up and running now," Durrant said.

Jockey Daniel Staeck is likely to be offered the rides for the Melbourne campaign.

·Jockey Shaun O'Donnell will not ride until next Saturday at Ascot after suffering a mild concussion in a fall a week ago.

He has been cleared to resume trackwork and ride at trials next week.

"I'm looking forward to the race and she looks the one to beat, for sure."" Summah's Touch trainer *Adam Durrant *

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