Oakland Park bookends Ascot on Day 2 of Masters
Another feature day, another double for Oakland Park Stud with The Front Bar and Beret taking out the first and last races respectively.
In the first race of the day, The Tourism WA Trophy over 1000m, The Front Bar once again had favourite backers and connections with their hearts in the mouths, as daughter of Sessions was beaten for pace early and was still 2 lengths off the last horse of the main group entering the straight.
Once in the straight, jockey William Pike had to switch off heels then unleash her customary sprint to win under hands and heels riding with plenty to spare.
Following the race a delighted and somewhat surprised trainer Adam Durrant again heaped praise on Oakland Park’s latest star galloper. “She is a little ripper isn’t she. 59 and half (kg) had slow one getting away at the wrong time, you just didn’t want to get held up when she did, but she just accelerates off it.” Durrant said.
“At the 200 I thought the stablemate was probably was going to stick on today and she was out of contention, but she sees that winning post and she just has got kill in her.“
Summing it up best was racecaller Darren McCauley after the race. “Class, quality and versatility, she’s got it all this filly by Sessions”
The win by the Front Bar brings her record to 8 starts 5 wins and 2 placings.
In the last race of the day Beret continued her amazing run of form taking out the Heineken 3 Handicap over 1400.
Settled in a comfortable midfield position by jockey Clint Johnston-Porter, Beret commenced her run 3 wide with cover entering the straight and was too classy, bringing up her second victory in a row and a riding double for CJP and training double for Adam Durrant
Congratulations to all connections.