Durrant Takes Out Fourth Trainer’s Premiership

30
Jul

Adam DurrantThe WARTA congratulates Adam Durrant who has won his fourth Perth Trainer’s Premiership following the completion of the 2013-14 season at Belmont today.

Durrant finished on 77 wins, 27 clear of 12-time premiership hero and Hall of Fame nominee, Neville Parnham.

Durrant, with a 23 per cent winning strike, claimed three feature races with Tick Tick Bloom and Crumpet O’Reilly

The former, a Viscount filly, won the Belmont Guineas-Belmont Oaks double; Crumpet O’Reilly took out the WA St Leger.

Parnham’s tally included Playing God winning the Northerly Stakes and Bippo No Bungus the Starstruck Classic.

Grant Williams held out Justin Warwick to hold down third position with 42 wins.

The Karnup horseman was successful in 15 black-type races; Respondent in the Group 2 WA Derby his best win.

Trailing Grant Williams by seven wins was Justin Warwick.

Warwick, who trained 21 winners last season, scored a milestone victory with Black Tycoon in the Group 2 Perth Cup.

The son of Blackfriars also scored in the Listed Tattersall’s Cup when ridden by champion international jockey, Douglas Whyte.

Simon Miller, on 32 wins, clung on for fifth position and three clear of friendly rival, Jim Taylor.

But both trainers were deadlocked on seven feature wins apiece; Taylor claimed two Group 3 wins and Miller two.

Ihtsahymn ensured Fred Kersley celebrated a top 12 months when he took out the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic and the Group 2 WA Guineas-Cox Stakes double.

Trailing Kersley by two was David Harrison who enjoyed a late season surge.

Settle Strada’s Belmont Newmarket-Goodwood Sprint double and Pininci in the recent Beaufine Sprint, his best triumphs.

Harrison finished three clear of Trevor Andrews who with Kersley was the only local trainer to taste Group 1 success when Luckygray won the Railway Stakes.

Queensland’s Rob Heathcote and brilliant sprinter Buffering combined to score an exciting victory in the Winterbottom Stakes.

Dan Morton clung on for a top ten berth with 18 wins, the exact tally as last season.

 

Other notable highlights included Jemma Hayman’s first Saturday metropolitan success when Knightlike proved too strong in the Towton Cup in December.

Simon Foster engineered a massive upset when rank outsider Prentice upstaged his more fancied rivals in the Sires Produce Stakes.

The Bunbury trainer tasted Kalgoorlie glory with Fanicio in the Boulder Cup.