Smart Mis­sile the Slip­per’s silent as­sas­sin

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THE Golden Slip­per fo­cus was firmly on sec­ond favourite Smart Mis­sile yes­ter­day f o l l o wi n g a s c i n t i l l a t i n g workout at Rand­wick and a favourable bar­rier draw for Satur­day’s $ 3.5 mil­lion race.

The An­thony Cum­mingstrained colt top­pled Slip­per f a v o u r i t e S e p o y i n t h e Tod­man Stakes on March 19 to stake his claims for the world’s rich­est race for twoyear-olds at Rose­hill.

Smart Mis­sile came up with gate five at yes­ter­day’s bar­rier draw and is in to $ 4.60 with TAB Sports­bet while Se­poy, who will jump from 10, is out to $ 3.20 from $ 2.90 at the week­end. Smart Mis­sile’s morn­ing gal­lop with race jockey Glen Boss aboard was greeted by si­lence in the usu­ally rau­cous train­ers’ hut af­ter he was clocked at 33.8 sec­onds for his fi­nal 600 me­tres.

‘‘ I was aware of the eerie si­lence,’’ Cum­mings said.

‘‘ But for me it was the na­ture of the way he did it, he did it within him­self.’’

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