Close Race for Top Trainer Accolade in Western Australia
Almost 4,000 kilometres to the west of Sydney, in an area we once thought beyond the edge of the Earth, a 41-hour motorcar journey would land one in Perth, Western Australia.
It might take a bit longer than that, as a road construction project or two might cause some delays.
You could make the trip by plane in just over five hours, but we will leave it up to you to decide which is the least degrading method of travel.
Upon arrival, you could check out the goings-on at Ascot and Belmont, as there is a trainers’ premiership battle for Perth supremacy ongoing between the Karnup stables of Adam Durrant and the husband/wife team of Alana and Grant Williams.
The Williamses won easily last year, as Durrant was on a 12-month sabbatical.
At this particular instant, Durrant is attempting to secure his seventh premiership. He has 61 victories on his ledger, while the Williamses have 60. That is close, unlike in Sydney, where Chris Waller has things sewed up to such an extent that Racing NSW might as well engrave his name on the plaque for this year and go right ahead and prepare another one for next year.
Durrant and the Williamses are also very near in terms of prizemoney. Durrant enjoys a margin, if enjoy is the correct descriptor, of about $120,000.
An upcoming metro meeting at Belmont would seem to hand the advantage to Durrant, as he has six potential starters to two for the husband and wife team.
Save a couple of Group 3 races at Caulfield later in July, there is not much of a major nature taking place, which leads us to jump ahead on the calendar and anticipate August and the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick, which will inaugurate the spring carnivals.
You should be able to make the drive back from Perth fairly comfortably in that amount of time.
Allow some extra time and pull off for a stretch when you make it to Adelaide. Stop and say hello to the boss for us.