Lark Hill horseman Adam Durrant is hoping his promising mare Sense Of Purpose can continue her recent purple patch of form with an upset win in the Strickland Stakes at Belmont on the weekend.
One of eight acceptors for this Saturday’s $125,000 Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m), Sense Of Purpose came up trumps with an ideal barrier three draw.
Despite the good gate and the Tiger Hill four-year-old’s commanding recent record of four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes from her past eight starts since March, Sense Of Purpose is an $11 outsider in the Strickland Stakes markets that are lead by equal $2.70 favourites King Kool Kat and Impressive Jeuney.
Durrant, however, remains confident that Sense Of Purpose and her jockey for Saturday Peter Knuckey can give the top elects a run for their money.
Although the Strickland Stakes will be the mare’s debut black-type assignment, Sense Of Purpose has earned her shot at Group glory having raced impressively at both Ascot and Belmont this preparation.
Durrant enjoyed a winning double at Belmont on Wednesday with stablemates Big Attitude and November Red both saluting in their respective races, a sign of good things to come this Saturday he hopes.
Of his Show A Heart four-year-old Big Attitude, the Peter Hall-ridden galloper winning the TabTouch.Mobi Handicap (1200m) by one and a half lengths, Durrant was especially impressed.
“He’s a very smart animal,” Durrant said.
“He’s a rising five-year-old but he’s more like a three-year-old.
“He’s had a lot of shin soreness and we almost lost him when he had surgery for colic as a young horse.
“This is the start of a good preparation and with time I think he’ll measure up to a better grade.”
Durrant will also be represented in the other feature on the Belmont race card on Saturday with his consistent Barley A Moment filly Demon Queen lining up in the $80,000 Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m).