The Front Bar A Pleasant Surprise

The Adam Durrant trained The Front Bar has made it two wins in a row, recording a scintillating win at Belmont Park on Saturday.

With William Pike in the saddle, Oakland Park’s 3 year old Sessions filly looked to be in a hopeless position at the top of the straight, and after finding more interference, unleashed a blistering sprint to mow down Defending on the line.

Durrant said it took time for the win to sink in, but on reflection it exposed a talented horse with a bright future.

“On face value I thought was it just young horses getting tired and a bit legless that inflated the win, but when you look at her sectional times throughout the race and the last 200m, it was of a horse going places,” Durrant told Tabradio after.

“She really didn’t get any favours in the run either, but she was very impressive.

“She was one of those horses that never sort of put up her hand up to being as good as she is early on and generally you like those horses because you don’t know where the bottom of them is, they just keep improving.”

Durrant said if The Front Bar performs to expectations, the Ascot carnival later in the year will beckon.

“She would have to perform very well to press on this preparation, but something along the lines of the Placid Ark (1200m) or something over the shorter distance will be more suitable than a Champion Fillies (1600m),” Durrant said.

Oakland Park’s other runner in the race Via Monte had an absolutely torrid run, trapped wide for jockey Brad Parnham for the majority of the race, but was most impressive sticking on to only be beaten 2.6 Lengths.