Time is now for Smith’s star mare

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - BY MATT JONES

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.

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