We are excited to have a genuine live chance today in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes over 1400 metres at Ascot name in honour of Oakland Park’s champion racehorse Northerly.
It would be such a thrill for the team to win the race with Massimo, the Oakland Park bred son of our exiting young stallion Sessions.
As trainer Durrant reported to Jay Rooney of the West Australian below, his work has been very good leading into the race.
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Adam Durrant believes the unplanned space between runs has been a blessing in disguise for Massimo ahead of today’s Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.
Massimo was a shock scratching from the Listed Hannan’s Handicap (1400m) at Kalgoorlie, about an hour and a half before he was set to start a popular favourite, when he was lame.
An abscess developed but burst quickly, paving the way for the in-form gelding to relaunch his Ascot carnival campaign.
The Northerly will be Massimo’s first start since his strong victory in the Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m) at Belmont Park five weeks ago. That was his fourth win from his past five starts.
“His work’s been as good, if not better, than it was before his last run,” Durrant said.
“The five weeks between runs might have been a benefit to him.
“He’s been up a long time and he’s probably entitled to put in a dodgy run, but so far he’s showing none of those signs. He’s bright and very well.”
Durrant has faith in Massimo elevating to a new level against stronger opposition today, which would prove he can be a Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) contender.
“He’s definitely got to step up but I think he’ll represent us well,” Durrant said.