Quick back up works a treat for Not To Be Mist
Adam Durrant’s seven day plan to back up Oakland Park’s Not To Be Mist paid off after taking out the Devil’s Lair Handicap over 1500m at Ascot yesterday.
After pulling badly last week for William Pike, Durrant thought the seven day backup would take the edge off the Danehill Express 5-year-old, and allow jockey Clint Johnson-Porter to settle the grey on the rail and hope for luck.
That’s exactly how the race turned out with Johnson-Porter able to take a sit on the rail three back off a hot speed, then making his move in the straight to doggedly hold off Champion Fillies and WA Guineas winner Watch Me Dance and Friaresque.
Durrant was also pleased in the previous race with Oakland Park’s fast finishing Beret who flew home from last on the turn to finish second in the Heineken 3 Handicap over 1800m.
It was Beret’s second fast close finish in a row over the distance and looks destined to go over further ground.
Oakland Park continued it’s good run over the weekend with Ripper Rita placing third in the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville yesterday.
The Greg Eurell trained filly has been in hot form, previously taking our the $475,000 Vobis Sires Guineas at Caulfield.
Oakland will be hoping its form continues into a blockbuster Northam Stakes today, with stable star Massimo racing first up against an all-star field.
The Oakland Park Stud-bred son of Sessions had a breakthrough season last year stringing together a number of victories including the Listed Farnley Stakes.