Assetro All Class


Adam Durrant’s big opinion of Assetro was validated when the exciting filly underlined her class to rebound and win the Tabtouch Plate (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday.

The Blackfriars two-year-old was a brilliant winner on debut in January, but struck trouble when she was held up and ran third as the hot favourite a fortnight back.

The Durrant-trained galloper was in danger of another unlucky defeat when pacesetter Emerald Rose kicked clear and looked to have the race in her keeping close to the line.

But under a finely judged ride from leading jockey, William Pike, Assetro, swooped late to collar Emerald Rose in the dying stages and score by a long-head.

Party Night, who posted a surprising win a week ago, produced another solid run to finish a length away in third place.

A jubilant Durrant, who has labelled Assetro one of the best horses he has put a saddle on, said the promising juvenile is destined for a big future.

“She probably had no business winning at the 200m and that is how good she is,” Durrant said.

“I think she could be something that I have waited a long time for.

“She is not just a normal horse, she is something pretty special.”

Durrant said Assetro would likely target WA’s premier two-year-old races next month, but no firm plans have been locked in.

“She is like my baby and I don’t want to do too much with her and hurt her,” Durrant said.

“We will work out whether to go to the Sires or Karrakatta Plate or both.

“When she tells us she’s had enough she will get a rest.”