Lind­say Park duo chas­ing black type suc­cess

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

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.”

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