Adam Durrant will have strong representation at Geraldton’s season opening meeting with established runners, Youknowthedrill, Helder The Painter and Chilly Reception expected to race well.
But the leading Perth trainer believes it will be Lowlands Boy, a three-year-old maiden who has drawn awkwardly, that presents the biggest upside to his stable on Sunday.
Durrant is using Geraldton as the launching pad for Lowlands Boy who is ready to resume after showing some ability in his two starts at Bunbury and Pinjarra earlier in March.
The Fath gelding appears primed for a first up victory after two trials, including a narrow win over last year’s Natasha Stakes (2200m) runner-up, Shinta Mani.
“Lowlands Boy is one of the main reasons I’m going to Geraldton,” said Durrant on TABradio.
“I think he is above average and has a bit of city potential this guy.
“His trial was pretty smart and he finished it off really well.
“The horse that runs second goes really well.
“I would be disappointed if he got beat at Geraldton.
“I think he has the ability to overcome a bad barrier.”
Talented apprentice, Clinton Johnston Porter, will ride Lowlands Boy from barrier nine in the Bunbury Motel And Serviced Apartments Maiden (1100m).
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