Trainer Todd Smart will have to keep his champagne on the ice if he wins the final race at Wagga on Sunday, given the ensuing trial featuring $2 million Kosciuszko contender Kelvedon Lord.
The Canberra-based jockey’s immediate focus is the race-less 4-year-old’s encyclopedia tackling the Riverina Hotel Class 1 Handicap over 1300m.
Sunday’s mission will be the gelding’s second run in 12 months.
“The owner suggested we give him as much time as we wanted and he just put the horse in the paddock and gave him the time he needed,” Smart explained.
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“He always needed that run the other day and now I think he found it and is ready to go on Sunday.”
Encyclopedia gave a good account of himself when he recovered from layoffs on 24 July at the Sapphire Coast Benchmark 58 Handicap (1200m).
Divine Prophet’s son parked behind the speed of the draw in his favor, tired late but clinging to the prestigious task given the circumstances.
“I thought it was a really, really good run, especially since it was his first pitch in 12 months,” said Smart.
“We got Damon[Badler]back on Sunday and he ran it under his belt. He’s primed and ready.
“He has the perfect gate and has some realistic options. He will probably race a little closer. I am happy with him and everything is going well. I’m here
Meanwhile, after the last, Smart’s attention turns to the gelding Kelvedon Road on a ranch built for the fast 1200m run at Royal Randwick.
Smart is naturally eager to test his charge on the now $2m Kosciuszko on October 15th at the same track and distance.
Kelvedon’s Road’s countdown to an annual feature begins more or less with this weekend’s final 1000m barrier trial at Wagga.
“He won the last prep of the Canberra Guinea Prelude and is a very classy horse,” Smart said.
“He had some minor issues in his last preparation but we solved them and we can see him at his best in this preparation.
“I’m sure he’ll reach a high level. We’ll see if he goes to Kosciuszko, but if anyone wants him, he’s ready to go.”
“1200m and Randwick fit him perfectly.
“He’s a horse that’s grown, strengthened and more mature.
“We’ll try him out on Sunday and then see how far we go,” Smart said.
Kelvedon Lord was bred by Dr. Ian Duckworth, a Hawkesbury horse veterinarian. In his case, the 2014 race winner is Mossfun.
Race 2 No.3: Steve Steve Steve
Clearly the most talented horse in the race, second to his strong stablemate Victory in Omaha in the previous Vega.
Race 7 No.7: Encyclopedia
I sent all the right signals when I finished 5th on my first run in 12 months on the Sapphire Coast. It looks good to score.
Race 1 No.3: My Brother Bob
In fact, he’s been a consistent model throughout his career and deserves a reward for his efforts. Go near.
Race 4: 1,7,8,9
Race 5: 4,5,9,13
Race 6: 3,5,6
Race 7: 7
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Group 1 winning jockey Alisha Collette heads to Wagga on Sunday.
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My brother Bob has been a consistent proverbial model from day one, from day two to be exact. ____ is inside. Rapp is the son of Rubik, a catbird mare. His second dam is by the Great Red his anchor. This Leon and Troy Courston-trained gelding was the centerpiece of the race on his debut for Donald. Today’s ideal 1400m. Aunt Bridge finished runner-up to both Donna Scott’s starts. to go well.
Bet: My Brother Bob Wins
Steve Steve Steve is very possibly the most talented in the race. The Theresa Bateup-trained gelding saw him finish second in his leader/stable’s recent start at Victory in Omaha on a heavily lopsided track that day. Steve Steve Steve is famous for his pluck Wet He is a track stallion and will get through this stallion like most stallions. Miss Horsebro has only won once in 14 starts, but seems to be fine on the rain-affected track.
Bets: Steve Steve Steve wins
This promises to be a fascinating race. It’s a battle of attrition/survival of the fittest considering that in Heavy 10 he has to run 3.8 km. Placed 7 times. Good draw, good jockey, but I’m a little worried about heavy 10. Stable Dente has a pedigree full of stamina. Not only is she the daughter of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, her mother is by June, her third in a stable runner is the best of the trio wet her track her form Landgrave with
Bet: Maktastic to win
Dancing With Kitty is by Kiamichi’s father, Sidestep, and it’s definitely a great wet track. As for Dancing With Kitty, in Good she got her 2 of 3 out of 6 starts, but in Soft she got 2 wins and in Heavy she got 4th out of 6 starts And she seems to prefer to go by herself affected by the rain. Scarlet Prince, the son of the muddy Casino Prince, performs best on his heavy truck. Six days ago he tried Heavy 10 at Gundagai. The Joe Cleary/Gerry Harvey blue-blooded mare Murkowski is his watch on the market. He has the form to win races. Miss Elsie May excels at this track/distance.
Bet: Dance with Kitty to win
Star Buyer has always been talented. Written Tycoon’s son will be the debut of new trainer Geoff Duryea, who will succeed John O’Shea. Star Buyer ran in his six races for the Racing To Win trainer, three of which were clearly better than the ones he currently competes in. Heavy should be fine. Nymage is a Tim He Donnelly trained mare with a bright future. With his SP of $2.80, he was outclassed by a good margin on his debut. He tried a lot before that. Her first up here makes her a market watch. She’s a starbuyer with her. Allegorical is also Jerry, her Harvey filly who set a personal best with a heavy 9 on her last start.
Bets: Star Buyer wins, quinella 4,13
Delacour is a mare of speed and dexterity who has won 6 and placed 8th in 23 races, 5 seconds out of 2nd. A very strong race, we may have overused the first up at Quenbiyan a bit. He is at least good for going out and weighs a lot at a claimed 4kg. Seventh Seal, the son of First Rock in the episode and brother of First Seal, is one of the best wet-hit trackers racing at Wagah today. Besides, Mitchell he Beale trained gelding placed him 4/5 on track/distance. Calescent has won 3 of their 6 starts and is deadly at this track/distance.
Bets: Delacour wins
The Encyclopedia is the son of the Divine Prophet, winner of the Guineas, and trained by Todd Smart. The geldings were almost a year apart when they resurfaced in a leader-dominated race on the Sapphire Coast on 24 July. Charging the smart was a bit late and tiring, but that was to be expected. In fact, he ran a really encouraging race with all the circumstances in mind. It’s worth noting that Super his Aurora made his 3rd start at Echuca, but was a heavy 9 that day. Hopefully Tornak ran very well against Vega’s evil prejudice in his final start.
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