The Melbourne spring is in the future for Sessions, but the Ramornie Handicap on July 10 is the present after he returned from a twisted testicle injury in emphatic fashion at Rosehill on Saturday.
Darley has kept the three-year-old a colt, despite having to surgically remove a testicle following his summer campaign. It shows faith in him and his ability.
Sessions took his record to four wins from six starts after roaring down the centre of the track to score by 1 ¾ lengths from Agent, with Golden Sunshine another three-quarters of a length back in third. But, in essence, there was no match for Sessions.
“We have to look at a race like the Ramornie for him now because there is nothing else there for him at this time of year, at stakes level,” trainer Peter Snowden said. “We need to get his rating up because we think he is up to better races.
“If he is going to race in the Melbourne spring, it’s going to be a total waste of time going there as an 80-rater because he simply wouldn’t get a start. The Ramornie gives him the chance to lift his rating. He is just a really hard horse to place at this time of year.”
Snowden will make his decision in the next week but has to think about what is the best way to go with the son of Lonhro, which has a future at stud in the offing. “He is a big, gross colt and he needs to keep going but there is an option to stop and come back early in the spring,” he said.
“It is a tough one because he has a stallion pedigree and I think he can be competitive in the bigger races.
“The Ramornie means we can keep him in work, while the other way he would have a short break. I’m mindful that he has just had six months [off] and starting and stopping again might not be the best for him.”
Kerrin McEvoy camped midfield on Sessions, then eased him to the centre of the track where he bolted away after getting in the clear. “After the run he had, you wanted to see him do that,” McEvoy said. ”When he relaxes he has a helluva turn of foot and we have to get his rating up to get into the better races in the spring.”
Snowden fulfilled an ambition by winning the Ramornie with Pinwheel a couple of years ago but if Sessions heads to Grafton it will only be McEvoy’s second trip to the track.
“I think I have ridden there once before, but [Sessions] would be worth going back for,” McEvoy said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.