Lindsey Smith Expects Strong Effort From Which What Who At Bunbury

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May

Karnup’s Grant Williams will look to Star of Husson in the Kevin Quinn Handicap (1675m) to end his Bunbury season on a winning note.

Williams, four wins clear of defending champion Simon Foster, is on the cusp of claiming the Bunbury Trainer of the Year award.

Williams will saddle Wayside and Vernerdi but it will be Star of Husson who is likely to command most attention from punters.

The Husson filly cracked it for an overdue win after a brilliant finishing burst from last position at Bunbury on April 21.

The three-year-old, previously with George Daly, ended her maiden status after four placings from 10 appearances.

Star of Husson, drawn in gate three for William Pike, will meet strong opposition from Elite Flight, Handerover and Solheim.

Also challenging after an eye-catching performance at Ascot on April 23 will be the Lindsey Smith-trained Which What Who.

The Flying Pegasus gelding, who was racing first-up after a 12-month injury layoff, will strip fitter after a 1 ½ length fifth to The Factor.

“I like the horse and thought he would go on when he won over 2000m at Pinjarra,” said trainer, Lindsey Smith on Tab Radio.

“But he hit his head and broke a sinus bone which meant I had to tip him out for a while until it healed.

“Since he has come back I have been a bit cautious in how he works so he was a bit soft the other day.

“The field wasn’t overly strong and I did nurse him into that run but he is now getting on under his own steam.

“He is a nice horse and whether it’s Thursday I don’t know but he is not far away.”

Smith is banking on the Star of Husson form line to hold up when Orikhan tackles the Bill Buchannan Maiden (2000m).

The Moysater gelding ran 2 ¼ lengths third to Star of Husson, an improvement after two poor runs in Kalgoorlie last year.

“Star of Husson was too good for him but it wasn’t a bad run after sitting wide,” said Smith.

“2000m won’t be an issue and he is a chance to win.”

Pike, who has an unassailable lead in the Leading Rider award, will partner Orikhan from barrier 14.

The Apprentice title is still up for grabs with Natasha Faithfull holding a narrow one win lead over Mitchell Pateman.

Foster is likely to miss out on the trainer’s title but gains compensation with Angel Wing who will be crowned Bunbury Horse of the Year.

The five-year-old defeated Low Flying, who ended her campaign after the Matchmaker Classic (1400m) at Ascot in March, by one point.

Angel Wing claimed four wins and three second placings from her 13 outings at Bunbury this season.