In his six runs since April stayer Chester Road has scored four times and run two close seconds.

Leading trainer Adam Durrant has kept him going to add Westspeed bonuses to his prize money and the $125,000 Group III Strickland Stakes (2000m), if successful, will complete the jewel in the crown for the Tiger Hill (IRE) gelding during his current campaign.

A spell is beckoning before a summer campaign is embarked on with the Perth Cup as his chief mission.

In all, Chester Road has scored seven wins and five placings in 17 career starts.

His main threat on Saturday, and in future events, appears to be stable mate Mr Moet.

Durrant delayed re-introducing Mr Moet to staying races because he had Chester Road firing so well in them.

However, after that versatile had won over 1400-1600m, this time in, the trainer stepped him up to do battle with Chester Road on June 2 over 2100 and predictably there was only a neck between them at the finish.

Since that impressive second Mr Moet has had two emphatic wins over Cyber Crime and Moneghetti, respectively, later that month, and a reversal over his stable mate in the Group III contest would not surprise.

Moneghetti meets Mr Moet on worse weight terms in the Strickland Stakes and it is hard to see him making up the one and a half lengths that separated them at their last encounter on June 30.

Apart from Moneghetti, leviathian owner Bob Peters and trainer Grant Williams also have two others in the seven horse field, Battle Emblem and Dreamaway.

Battle Emblem will be ridden by Jordan Mallyon who has been is superb touch and riding as if there is no tomorrow and the former Victorian apprentice landed a treble at Belmont last Saturday.

Dreamaway put together a sequence of five wins last year, claiming the WATC Derby after earlier wins in the Champion Fillies Stakes, 1000 Guineas, Natasha Stakes and WA Oaks.

However her sojourn to Victoria was less than successful and she finished in the second half of the field in all her races.

In three sprint races since resuming in Perth she has finished fifth and sixth (twice).