WA Racing News: A Change Of Plans For Durrant & Peters



Plans for top gallopers Come Play With Me, Star Exhibit and Celebrity Dream to campaign in Melbourne in the autumn have been shelved.

Trainer Adam Durrant and owner Bob Peters have had a change of heart and said their trio of horses will remain home to target feature Perth races.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with them after their work this morning,” Durrant told The Races WA.

“If you are going to go over there you want to make sure everything is spot on.

“No point going over if we are going to embarrass ourselves.

“Having these races in Perth makes it worth staying home.

“If they weren’t around we probably wouldn’t have gone across.

“Come Play With Me will race over 1600m at Pinjarra on Saturday.

“Star Exhibit will trial over 1400m on Monday and then go into the Detonator Stakes (1800m).

“Celebrity Dream will race in the Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m).”

The Cyril Flower Stakes is on February 16 and the Detonator Stakes a week later.

Exciting sprinter Fabergino is set to return to racing after an injury layoff.

The Maschino mare has not raced since suffering her first loss last June.

The injury-plagued galloper was ruled out of the Ascot carnival after undergoing knee surgery.

“She will come back in a ratings race in the last week of February,” said trainer Tiarnna Robertson.

“She is looking stronger and I really think the break has done her the world of good.

“She has put on about 50kg and is holding her weight.

“It’s quite exciting.”

Geraldton trainer Barry Newnham will temporarily relocate to Ascot as he brings a small team of horses to Perth.

They include King Blitz, who enjoyed a successful maiden campaign last year, winning three of five races at Belmont.

“He started work yesterday (Monday) after a little setback,” Newnham told The Races WA.

“He had a bad abscess that blew out, but there is no muscle or tendon injury.

“I’m bringing a team of four horses to Perth.

“There is a half to King Blitz, an unraced three-year-old who goes well.

“I was offered $35,000 for her, but knocked it back.

“There is also a Trade Fair two-year-old and a Sebring colt that is a half to Macroy.”

Macroy, a daughter of Demerit, has won both her races at Ascot this campaign.

Trainer Trevor Andrews said Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) contender Miss West Coast is spot on for her engagement after a top work out on the Ascot grass this morning (Tuesday).

“Jarrad (Noske) gave a glowing report,” Andrews told The Races WA.

“She ran her last 400 in 23 ½ seconds.

“Jarrad said it was the best she has worked.”


Trainer Liz Strempel says Ambiente will target a Belmont campaign.

The Trade Fair gelding, a winner of six of 11 races, pulled up sore after running fifth to Misty Metal in the Summer Scorcher (1000m) in January.

Strempel says softer Belmont tracks will suit Ambiente. The Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) in June has been pencilled in as his scheduled return.


Simon Miller says Niccovi will be hard to beat in the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic.

The bay filly has had just the one run, finishing fifth as the odds on favourite last year.

Niccovi and Venetian Jewel, second to Amarillo Rose on debut Saturday, give Miller a strong two-pronged attack.

“Niccovi is the pick of my two and will be hard to beat,” he told The Races WA.

“It was trainer error that got her beaten.

“I shouldn’t have started her after a hard trial.

“Venetian Jewel was very good, but I have set her a task to back up.”

Julio Santarelli