Smith mare’s rivals in for a rough Time
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.