Durrant Pleased with 2015 Kingston Town Classic Pair

December 1st, 2015

Leading Perth trainer Adam Durrant has been pleased with the condition of both Real Love and Tower Of Lonhro since their unplaced efforts in the Railway Stakes a fortnight ago, and is confident both runners will enjoy a step up to 1800m in Saturday’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

Real Love was considered a leading chance for success in the Railway Stakes (1600m) a fortnight ago but essentially dashed her chances of success when missing the start and forced to settle off pace, while Tower Of Lonhro was unlucky to be caught wide and finished eleventh.

Durrant told RSN he is confident the fitness of his runners will stack up in the 2015 Kingston Town Classic, but is hopeful they will both draw favourable barriers.

“They’ve come through their last run really well and work has been really good,” Durrant said.

“They hard galloped this morning and hopefully we came come through well and draw decent barriers for Saturday.”

Real Love undoubtedly figures as Durrant’s best chance of success in the 2015 Kingston Town Classic and the Lark Hill-based horseman is hopeful the mare will attack the line above anything else.

“It was one of those days which it was pretty hard to make up any ground at all and there was probably two or three eyes catches who over the longer journeys will be pretty well suited,” he said.

“She’s a horse that’s going to keep improving as she gets up over further, but she attacked the line well.

“The plan was to go forward but unfortunately she took a backwards step when the barriers opened and the hand was dealt.

“She hit the line well and ran a good sectional and has come through the race really well which is probably the most important thing.

“Hopefully she can finish off the race well and if she can’t win, be hitting the line well for the Cox Stakes and possibly the Perth Cup again in a month’s time.”

Tower Of Lonhro will need plenty of luck amongst the talented Kingston Town Classic field and will use the race as a stepping stone towards a hopeful appearance in a race like the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) in January.

“His run was good. He’ll be another one who keeps improving as we stretch out in the distances a little bit,” Durrant added.

“He’s on song and he might be one who gets into the Perth Cup on a light weight and can go really well.”

Ladbrokes.com.au currently rates Real Love at Kingston Town Classic odds of $7.50, while Tower Of Lonhro is considered at rank outsider at an $81 quote.