Smerdon chases feature treble
TRAINER Robert Smerdon will be looking to kick off the new year with a bang when he chases a feature race treble at Caulfield on Monday.
Talented duo Message Bank and Lucky Diva will spearhead his team when they tackle the Group Three Standish Hcp (1200m).
L a s t - s t a r t w i n n e r Hofmeister will represent him in the Listed Bagot Hcp (2400m) while seasoned cam- paigner Cool Trent will carry the stable’s hopes in the $100,000 Byron Moore Hcp (2000m).
Both Lucky Diva and Cool T r e n t a r e p r o v e n a t Caulfield, which has been the scene of half of Cool Trent’s six career wins.
Message Bank is yet to win at the venue but has been placed at his only two Caulfield starts, including when runner-up to Soleil in the Listed Christmas Stakes on Boxing Day. He was on the third line of TAB Sportsbet’s Standish market yesterday at $8 with Kevin Heffernan Stakes runner-up Cocinero the early $4.20 favourite.
Lightly raced Darren J o l l y - t r a i n e d m a r e Zipanese was splitting that pair at $7, while Lucky Diva was being kept safe at $13 in an open betting race.
Hofmeister returned to form with a solid victory at Werribee last start.
TRACK SPECIALIST . . . Lucky Diva is a winner at Caulfield, a factor which should
work in her favour when she lines up in the Standish Hcp on Monday