Lindsay Park duo chasing black type success
GROUP 1 ambitions for Lindsay Park duo Smart Elissim and Futooh begin when the pair contest feature races at Royal Randwick tomorrow.
Undefeated colt Smart Elissim tackles the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) while Futooh contest the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).
Co-trainer Tom Dabernig has a high opinion of Smart Elissim and believes the time is right to test him on a bigger stage.
“He looks promising horse with two starts for two wins,” Dabernig said.
“The timing of a race like this gives us the chance to have a look at him on the Sydney (right) leg and see where he sits.
“It may open doors for the early spring in Sydney.”
The son of Smart Missile was superb winning by 5-length on debut at Sale on July 12 before stepping up to metro class and winning at SandownLakeside on August 5.
The colt has come a long was since his debut just five weeks ago and there is still more to come according to Dabernig.
“He looks keep improving with every run,” he said.
“He was involved in a little bit of interference at his last start and he was still able to win.
“He looks quite natural right handed. They do all their slow work here (at Lindsay Park) on the Sydney leg and he actually had a gallop Tuesday morning that way and was good.
“He drawn a good gate
while it’s step up (in class), we’ve been really happy with him.
“He’s an exciting horse and we’ll see where he sits tomorrow.”
If the colt performs as expected this weekend, then a shot at the Group 1 Golden Rose is certainly on the cards.
“That’s the big picture for him but whether he’s good enough for that we don’t know yet, said Dabernig.
“Clearly we know there’s improvement still in him and generally our horses will improve for a run Sydney.
Classy filly Futooh tuned up for her return to racing in tomorrow’s Silver Shadow with two Sydney barrier trials.
She was never off the bridle when third in a Rosehill trial on July 23 before streaking away her second at Randwick a week later.
“She has trialled very well and won her last trial impressively,” Dabernig said.
“She’s proven in Sydney and it looks a nice race to kick her off in. It’s probably a bit on the short side for but we expect her to sprint well fresh and she’ll improve as she gets up in ground.
“She looks in great shape and a promising filly.
Futooh has done all of her racing in Sydney, winning two races including the Listed Fernhill over a mile at her last start on April 14.
“The target for will be the Group 1 Flight Stakes and she will contest other races of the Princess series along way,” Dabernig said.
“The Thousand Guineas is a couple of weeks after the Flight so the option there for her to return to Melbourne for that if she’s going well enough.”