Enthralling Battle In Trainer’s Premiership


With six metropolitan meetings to the end of the 2017-18 season the Perth’s Trainers Premiership is still no clearer.

Adam Durrant and Grant and Alana Williams are locked in an enthralling battle that is likely to go right down to the wire.

Team Williams struck an early blow at Belmont on Saturday when Red Army finally saluted, but Durrant, struck back immediately when Come Play With Me won the Listed Aquanita Stakes (2000m).

The Williams combination trail Durrant by two wins as they attempt to secure their second consecutive Perth Trainers’ title.

Durrant, who took a year’s absence last season, is looking to reclaim a title he has won six times previously.

He won his first trainers’ title in 2009-10 and continued in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

His best season tally was in 2013-14 when he trained 77 winners.

Durrant sits behind Neville Parnham (13), Bob Burns (10) and Lou Luciani (8) on the all-time Perth Trainer’s Premiership.

Willie Pike failed to add to his tally on the weekend, but is on track to record his eighth Jockey Premiership and 10th overall.

Pike sits on 117 wins and requires a further 18 victories to match his season-best haul of 135 winners in 2015-16.


Adam Durrant 63
Grant & Alana Williams 61
Simon Miller 40.5
Neville Parnham 36
Lindsey Smith 32


William Pike 117
Chris Parnham 45
Jarrad Noske 36
Tayla Stone 30
Pat Carbery 30


Tayla Stone 30
Brodie Kirby 13
Fred Kersley 11
Clint Johnston-Porter 09
Kate Witten 08


Julio Santarelli