Adam Durrant will get a good guide on future plans for his talented five-year-old, Son Of Something, when he tackles the Piper-Heidsieck Handicap (2000m) at Belmont
Durrant has targeted the Kalgoorlie Cup in September and feature staying races at the upcoming Ascot summer carnival after the gelding’s promising campaign last year.
The son of Blackfriars dead-heated with Rebelson in the Northam Cup (1600m) and finished runner up in two stakes races: the Group 3 Queens Cup (2200m) and Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m).
Son Of Something is bursting to break through at his third run back for the year, earning favouritism for Saturday after a strong showing behind quality mare, Vital Importance.
Son Of Something had to make up ground from last position and was winding up late with a powerful finish, but despite a late lunge on the line he fell a long-head short.
Son Of Something, one of three runners in the race for Durrant, is the $3.20 favourite with the TAB. Drawn in barrier eight he will be ridden by apprentice, Joe Azzopardi.
“He is building to possibly the Kalgoorlie Cup and looks like he has come back in good order,” said Durrant on TAB Radio.
“He is bordering on a carnival horse so you would like to think he has found his race tomorrow (Saturday) if he has no bad luck.
“He gave away a fair bit of weight (4.5kg) to a pretty talented horse last start and just got shunted off the corner by a slow one.
“It was at a crucial moment and took him a little while to balance but another stride and he picks that horse up.
“It shows he is in a pretty good head space and if he reproduces that run he will be pretty tough to beat.”
Punters consider Durrant to hold a powerful hand in the race with Mystic Prince rated a $4.80 hope and Gladstone on the third line of betting at $5.50.
Mystic Prince, in search of his first win since the WA Derby (2400m) two years ago, has gone down by narrow margins when placed twice this campaign.
Gladstone has the fitness edge over his stable mates and was touched out by a nose when second to Dubai Escapade over 2100m two weeks ago.
“There is not much between Gladstone and Mystic Prince who are both racing competitively and are pretty similar horses,” said Durrant.
“Son Of Something has a touch of class and may have the edge if he is going to compete in some of the better races later in the year.”