Lindsey Smith says there is more upside to come from Wanna Be Good, the favourite for Saturday’s Skyracing.TV-Provincial Championship Series Final (1400m) at Belmont.
Smith has a high opinion of the Bel Esprit four-year-old who came to his Olbury stable after winning two races at Werribee and Echuca for previous trainer, Archie Alexander.
Wanna Be Good ran three consecutive seconds for Smith at Albany and Ascot, but the turning point came at Northam when he snapped a frustrating run of close finishes.
Cementing his spot in Saturday’s final, Wanna Be Good charged home under jockey Peter Hall and posted his maiden Western Australian victory by one length.
Smith is confident Wanna Be Good is poised to continue his winning form.
“It’s a good race for him and it’s all set up for him,” Smith told Tabradio.
“When he first come over from Melbourne he had laminitis and I had to be cruel to be kind to him.
“He didn’t have any food for a while, he just ate a bit of hay for about six weeks.
“He came good and is a very talented horse actually.
“It’s a good race for him and he is right up to it.”
In a capacity field of 16, Wanna Be Good will jump from barrier three. Hall retains the ride.
In an open race with many chances, Wanna Be Good holds $3.70 favouritism.
Regal Moon ($5), Moschard ($6.50) and Gifted Warrior ($8.50) are other runners in single figures.
Moschard, one of two runners for Kalgoorlie supremo, Peter Fernie, has been the subject of strong support, firming from $17 when markets opened on Thursday.
The Moshe gelding is on a four race winning spree, dating back to his home track at Kalgoorlie last October.
Moschard stamped his claims for victory tomorrow with a strong finishing burst over 1200m at Kalgoorlie when first-up on May 4.
From gate 10, William Pike will ride Moschard for the first time.