Time is now for Smith’s star mare
NEWCASTLE trainer Ben Smith admits he’s feeling more pressure when In Her Time goes to the races these days.
At start of the year Smith was hoping five-year-old mare would be a top-line performer and the pair were flying under the radar.
But following placings in all three Group 1s she’s contested she’s announced herself as one of the country’s best sprinters.
However there’s still no major race to her name and Smith knows she only has a small window of opportunity to grab a Group 1.
“I’m probably feeling bit more pressure now,” he said. “Early on when we were having a crack at the Group 1s she was underrated and wondering if she was up to that standard
and now that she’s proved she is you do feel more pressure to make sure you do get everything right.
“We’ve learnt how hard they are to win.”
Tomorrow she lines up in the $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington with Melbourne Cupwinning jockey Corey Brown on her back from gate one.
Smith hasn’t given her a jumpout up the Flemington straight since her narrow loss in the Manikato Stakes at Mooney Valley but isn’t worried about her handling the course.
“I’ve talked to Corey it and he doesn’t seem to think will be a problem because she’s very adaptable,” Smith said.
“She’s settled in lot more down here now and she’s acting like she’s been here forever. She’s had four runs in eight weeks so we haven’t done a lot.
“Hopefully the inside plays better on than the outside.”
Tomorrow’s field, as expected, is a cracking one.
Only the country’s best are in it and race seems to decide each year who is Australia’s best sprinter.
Smith said The Everest winner Redzel would be the hardest to beat.
It would even more special if she were to win after being snubbed by slot holders for The Everest and coming out and winning the consolation race on the same day at Randwick in slightly faster time than Redzel in $10m feature.
“We’ve raced against the field at different times but never all
once so it’s definitely best sprint field you’ll see on Saturday, that’s for sure,” Smith said.
“Redzel’s got the runs the board and he’s a bit like our horse. He puts himself into race toughs it out.
“We’ve moved on from The Everest and we’re just trying get a Group 1 for the mare. She’s been unlucky in a few.”
“It’s definitely the best sprint field you’ll see on Saturday, that’s for sure” BEN SMITH
In Her Time will be hard to beat in tomorrow’s Darley Classic.