Utgard Loki continued his breakout campaign and signalled a Perth Cup campaign was on the cards next season with a dominant win in Sunday’s South West Cup (2300m) at Pinjarra.
Backed into $3.50 favouritism, the Adam Durrant-trained gelding settled third and shot clear when jockey Lucy Warwick took him to the front at the top of the straight.
He scored by 1-1/4 lengths from stablemate True Attraction ($4.60), who ran on strongly under the 59.5kg topweight.
Queen Takes King ($31) was a distant third.
A consistent galloper for Warwick’s trainer father Justin and Durrant, Utgard Loki has blossomed as a six-year-old with two wins and an unlucky third in the Bunbury Cup (2100m).
Durrant’s stable foreman Jason Miller was adamant the winner at six of 37 starts would emerge as a Perth Cup (2400m) prospect next year.
“He’s one of those horses, he’s just racing in good form, he’s happy and he keeps on improving,” Miller said.
“Horses like this with staying ability can always be a Perth Cup horse.
“The other bloke (True Attraction) was brave in defeat but the turnaround from their last start was 6.5kg I think, so it’s a lot of weight.
“When I was watching them coming to the corner I said ‘gees he’s travelling well’ and then when he straightened he was still bolting.”
Durrant also won the Listed South West Cup with Tick Tick Bloom in 2015 and Warwick booted home her second winner of the race, following her success with Spiritual Warrior in 2020.
Warwick agreed that Utgard Loki had Perth Cup potential.
“Every prep he’s just matured a bit more,” Warwick said.
“There’s not much of him and he’s probably got as much weight on as I’ve ever seen, so he’s just starting to mature and grow up.”
The Karrakatta Plate is Amelia’s Jewel’s for the taking.
The star filly set tongues wagging again and gained national attention with her outstanding Gimcrack Stakes win at Ascot on Saturday.
Some even suggested she wouldn’t have been out of place in the $5 million Golden Slipper run at Rosehill on the same day, while Simon Miller revealed she could be the best horse he has put a saddle on.
The unbeaten juvenile is into $1.80 favouritism with Ladbrokes for WA’s biggest two-year-old race, the $500,000 Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on April 2.
Bad luck would be the only thing that beats her.
Great return first-up without a trial.
All The King’s Men
Looks an ideal Sires horse after another eye-catching run.
Continued his good form winning two of the three Ascot features.
Left The Building added to the trainer’s growing reputation with two-year-olds.
A weak edition this year leaves the future of this race questionable.
RIDE OF THE WEEKEND
Clint Johnston-Porter was on fire and saved his best to help State Attorney break a 490-day winning drought. He angled off the fence on the turn and scythed his way through the middle of the field to score.