Smith Eye’s Perth Cup


Trainer Lindsey Smith predicts a big future for Salon Du Cheval after the Trade Fair gelding extended his winning sequence at Ascot on Saturday.

In a muddling run race, Salon Du Cheval, ridden by Daniel Staeck, powered home to win the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet Handicap (2100m) by a half-length.

Five Degrees, on the quick back-up from her victory seven days ago, ran a brave second after she took the lead from Noir De Rue near the home straight.

The Neville Parnham-trained Dark Prospect attacked the line strongly for third, his first attempt at the journey.

“My horse is still on the way up and is promising, there is more to come.”

Salon Du Cheval, a lightly raced five-year-old, boosted his record to five wins and two second placings from seven starts.

Smith is almost certain he will extend Salon Du Cheval’s campaign and target the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on January 5.

“I’m going to keep pushing him because he is five,” Smith said.

“Until he hits a brick wall I will keep pushing him on.

“The Perth Cup is only eight weeks away and it’s worth a lot of money.

“He’s had enough time to rest and grow up.”

Smith said Salon Du Cheval is showing the same signs as Trap For Fools, who last year won six straight races before leaving for Melbourne.

“He is similar without the tactical speed,” Smith said.

“But he is a tougher stayer and over a mile and a half he is going to be hard to beat.”

Julio Santarelli