Smith mare’s ri­vals in for a rough Time

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

IN HER Time could take New­cas­tle trainer Ben Smith all over the world, but tonight’s Group 1 $1m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Val­ley is the first box she has to tick.

Un­lucky not get a run in in­au­gu­ral The Ever­est fort­night ago where she ran faster time in win­ning the con­so­la­tion race than Ever­est win­ner Redzel, Smith said she’s ready to de­feat the likes of Chau­tauqua again tonight.

“She’s gone to an­other level this prepa­ra­tion and she’s worked around the Val­ley very well,” he said.

“Af­ter her gal­lop on Tues­day Corey (Brown) was ab­so­lutely rapt in and I don’t think the track will pose a prob­lem.”

Smith said he tried to for­get about The Ever­est and ‘what if’ that day and fo­cus quickly on win­ning a Group 1 with the fiveyear-old Time Thief mare.

While next year’s The Ever­est is on his mind, there’s been in­quiries from over­seas and if she snags a Group 1 win this spring she might be headed to Hong Kong or Royal As­cot.

But for now, she’s got beat a crack field for Smith to even en­ter­tain that thought and her first ma­jor test will be chase down tonight’s likely race leader Vega Magic.

The Ever­est run­ner-up is the dom­i­nant favourite and Smith said he’s go­ing to give her a real test, pos­si­bly the tough­est of her ca­reer.

“Vega Magic’s the ob­vi­ous leader and if we can be tucked away off the pace that would be good. We’ll just fol­low some­thing around then peel off it’s back,” Smith said.

“It’s go­ing to be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to run him down. He’s fly­ing at the mo­ment and his run in The Ever­est was out­stand­ing so if he’s out in front rolling along it’s go­ing to take a good one to catch him.

“He’s in good form but so are we. The time’s she’s been run­ning Syd­ney have out­stand­ing so we’re def­i­nitely not without a chance.

“She was much more pro­fes­sional when she came back from Bris­bane which is why she’s come out and been the horse she has.”

In Her Time will likely run in the Dar­ley Clas­sic at Flem­ing­ton be­fore hav­ing a spell and shoot­ing for glory at The Cham­pi­onships in the TJ Smith Stakes.

But there’s also an op­por­tu­nity to got to Hong Kong and fol­low Chau­tauqua’s path win the Chair­mans Sprint.

And she may even head to Royal As­cot for a crack at the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Stakes — race Black Caviar won.

Aus­tralia’s the land of the sprint­ers and if she can beat them here she can travel to the other side of the world and do it to.

“I think Manikato Stakes a great race I think will tell us how good she is,” Smith said,

“She’s passed her tests with fly­ing colours in Syd­ney but this is an­other level and she can show us what she’s made of on Fri­day night.”

In Her Time is at her peak for the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Val­ley tonight.

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