Smith Hoping Saturday Will Be Great…Again

5
Jul

It’s already been a landmark week for trainer Lindsey Smith and come Saturday afternoon it could be even better.

Smith scored his first Victorian winners at Ballarat on Tuesday since he took over Darren Weir’s Warrnambool stable earlier this year.

He will be well represented on both sides of the nation come Saturday afternoon, with well-credentialed runners at Belmont and Flemington.

Smith said it was a relief to score the winning double at Ballarat with Seven Castles and Our Wind Spirit.

“It was good to start that side of life off,” he told The Races WA.

“It wasn’t a strong meeting but they’re two nice horses.”

Reykjavik has the chance to add his name to Smith’s east coast winner’s list when he lines up in the Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) at Flemington.

The four-year-old has produced two strong showings in Victoria, highlighted by a last start third to Romancer over 1400m at Flemington on June 22.

Smith said Reykjavik had his best chance to breakthrough for an east coast win on Saturday.

“He’s in good form,” he said.

“He’s got no weight which is what he likes.

“He’s drawn a gate that he can park and sit there.

“That’s what he likes, to sit up and come at them late.”

Reykjavik is a rated the $7 third favourite for the race with TABtouch, behind Waging War ($4.20) and Mr Marathon Man ($5).

Smith said the Mildura Cup at the end of the month could also be a suitable race for Reykjavik.

Locally, Great Again leads Smith’s charge on Saturday.

The six-year-old will have his third start this campaign in the Crown Perth Handicap (1300m) at Belmont.

Great Again won over 1300m first-up this campaign, before he was beaten as a short-price favourite by War God over 1400m at his last start on June 22.

The Viscount gelding has built a formidable record of seven wins from 17 starts, with four of those wins on soft ground.

With rain forecast between prior to Saturday, Smith said his tough galloper was poised to strike once more.

“The more rain the better for him,” he said.

“He’s a consistent horse.

“He got beaten fair and square the other day by War God.”

For the seventh straight start Great Again will have a new jockey.

Jarrad Noske replaces Patrick Scorse, while Peter Hall rode Great Again first-up.

Great Again is the $2.65 favourite with TABtouch, ahead of Nikitas ($4.80).

Smith’s other runner on the Belmont program is Salon Du Cheval in the Karl Bearman 80th Birthday Handicap (2200m).

The five-year-old was unplaced behind Friar Fox over 1600m on June 22, continuing a frustrating run of outs this campaign.

Smith said the gelding was on his last chance on Saturday.

“He’s at the crossroads in my stable,” he said.

“He promised a lot this prep and I haven’t been able to get it out of him.

“I said to the owners I would try him back over the distance and see how he goes.”

Salon Du Cheval is on the second line of betting with TABtouch at $4.40 behind Friar Fox ($2.75).

Meanwhile, Scales Of Justice finished third in a trial at Ballarat today, as he builds towards a spring campaign.

Tim Walker
www.rwwa.com.au