Amazing Strike Rate of Adam Durrant by the Gurkha
The amazing winning strike rate of young gun trainer Adam Durrant at the iconic Kalgoorlie Boulder Race Round continued at break neck speed with Lopov delivering the young mentor his first XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup victory, boosting his major’s tally to seven, since winning his first Goldfields feature with Keyton Grace in the Hannan’s Handicap back in 2007.
Durrant had been keen to win his first Kalgoorlie Cup after taking out his second Hannan’s Handicap with Texan last Wednesday.
He went three handed into the Kalgoorlie Cup with Double Barrel and Hibernian entering the race with excellent credentials.
But it was the former Victorian gelding that was initially trained in Perth by Simon Miller at Ascot before it was transferred to the all-conquering Durrant outfit.
Lopov warmed up for his Cup victory with a strong 1600 metre win at Belmont Park over Delta Bay and although Durrant thought that one more start over ground would have had him more confident-he still believed the son of Savabeel was capable of success.
“He has just been improving every day in the system back home.” Durrant told The Gurkha “With the predicted on pace conditions he looked best suited of my three runners and Dan Staeck gave him a wonderful ride.”
“Lopov should continue to improve and should shape up as a genuine Perth Cup horse later in the year.”
“I love coming to Kalgoorlie for the Round. You need a certain type of horse to win the big races up here. They have to be seasoned, tough and have their fair share of ability.”
“I strapped My Thornbird to win the Boulder Cup for Dad, (Geoff) back in 2004 and ever since then I have wanted to be a part of this special time.”
“To win the Cup on Saturday after collecting the Hannan’s Handicap for Kim Loxton last Wednesday has made this year very special.”
Durrant’s record now stands at two Coolgardie Cups 09 Reverend Lovejoy and 2010 Inarticulate, two Boulder Cups both with Reverend Lovejoy 2009-11, two Hannan’s Handicaps 07 Keyton Grace and Texan and Lopov’s Kalgoorlie Cup.