Sessions To Audition For Melbourne Campaign

By: Thomas Hackett
September 3rd, 2013

Darley sprinter Sessions will audition for the major sprint races during the 2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival when he contests the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.


Sessions will step up to Group level for the first time in the Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Photo by: Steve Hart

Sessions has recorded four wins from his six career starts and scored an impressive victory against a strong field in the N & A Fruit Distributors Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens at his last start in June.

Trainer Peter Snowden has a very high opinion of the son of Lonhro and believes he is good enough to compete at Group 1 level but will wait until he sees how the four-year-old performs this weekend before making any major spring plans.

“There is improvement in him, but you would like to see him be very competitive against this lot if he’s going to measure up against the ‘A’ graders in the spring,” Snowden told TVN.

“It will be a good race with excellent speed, but he will certainly need to be competitive even though he will be improved by the run.

“If his form warrants it then we will give him a crack in Melbourne.”

Snowden has named the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day as the ultimate target for the talented sprinter, with the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 25 another potential option.

Sessions is set to face tough competition in the Concorde Stakes after a number of talented sprinters were included in the nominations for the $125,000 race.

Injury-plagued sprinter Hay List is set to return to the races after his latest injury setback while Gai Waterhouse-trained Whittington could make his first appearance since being scratched before the running of the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) after injuring himself in the barriers.

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