3/12/2020 Harrison backing Gemma judgment
David Harrison is confident Gemma’s Son (Snippetson) will see out the Kingston Town Classic (Gr 1, 1800m) trip at Ascot on Saturday as the three-year-old competes over further than a mile for the first time. Gemma’s Son began his preparation with two 1000-metre runs before being stepped up in trip for the Belgravia Stakes (Listed, 1200m), then again for the Lee Steere Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) and again for the WA Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) last time out. Despite Gemma’s Son showing blistering speed over sprinting trips as a juvenile, in which he won his first four starts between 1000 and 1200 metres, and having not yet placed over further than 1200 metres, Harrison believes he will succeed over longer distances. “With his weight, barrier and the record of three-year-olds in the race, I’m certain he will be competitive,” Harrison told The Races WA. “The last two furlongs of his previous two races have been his strongest this preparation. I have no doubt he will run out a strong 1800 metres now that he can settle in his races. From the barrier he can get a soft run. I decided to go the Kingston Town path after the Belgravia. He was just becoming a chopping block out in front in earlier races."