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WA Owner Peters Takes Horses From Durrant Stable
Prominent West Australian owner-breeders Bob & Sandra Peters "have parted company" with premiership-leading trainer Adam Durrant & "moved 7 of their gallopers from Durrant's Karnup stables on Sunday," reported The West Australian. The Peters-Durrant combination "proved a formidable team in distance racing" which "peaked with Lords Ransom's win in the Gr2 Perth Cup in January"; Lords Ransom also won December's Gr2 Cox Plate (2100m), as well as 2008's Listed Pinjarra Cup (2400m) & Listed Bunbury Cup (2200m), plus 2007's Listed Belmont Classic (2200m), while stable-mate stayer Star Encounter won 2009's Listed Pinjarra Cup (2200m). Bob Peters confirmed Lords Ransom will "return to Victoria for his next campaign" & Star Encounter is "in training with young Warrnambool trainer Jarrod McLean". Another former Durrant-trained galloper Jewelled is "now with Bill & Symon Wilde at their Terang racecourse training complex". Peters said the other gallopers would be "split between his 4 existing WA trainers" Jim Taylor, Graeme Ballantyne, Ivan Haggerty & Brent Larsson. Peters said the split was "amicable" & there was no rift between the 2 men. Durrant added: "I have new clients into the stable who have babies coming along & I want to concentrate on them. There was an uncertainty about whether Bob's horses would come back & it was hard to hold up on positions when I had clients wanting to put horses in training. The deal was amicable & there are no hard feelings." Durrant (who took over from his father Geoff 6 years ago) currently leads the Perth trainers' premiership with 45 city wins (10 wins clear of Jim Taylor).