Rain a boon for re­li­able sprinter

The Sportsman Weekend - - NEWS - MATT JONES

IF any mare de­serves to win a big race to in­crease her stud value it’s She Knows.

The Danny Wil­liamstrained Den­man fouryear-old has been one of the most re­li­able run­ners in Syd­ney this year and is a lead­ing con­tender to­mor­row’s Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m).

She has won five races from 15 starts and fin­ished sec­ond a fur­ther six times.

She won High­way race ear­lier this year with 62.5kg on her back, but a close sec­ond plac­ing to In Good Time in the Listed Denise’s Joy at Scone’s car­ni­val was

clos­est she’s come to gain­ing a valu­able black­type win.

Wil­liams has de­cided to have a throw at the stumps to win a Group race to­mor­row and she will come out of bar­rier nine with Corey Brown on board.

“She’s ul­tra-con­sis­tent so we’re go­ing to give it a go,” Wil­liams said. “I couldn’t be hap­pier with the way she is. She’s bright as a but­ton and I think she’ll give it a shake.

“She’s a good trav­eller and has come through the week very well.

“She had a gal­lop on Tues­day and she’s like a but­ton to switch on.

“The rain about Mel­bourne helps her and ev­ery­thing is mov­ing very smoothly for her.”

Wil­liams was keen to take She Knows to a Listed race at Flem­ing­ton in the win­ter but de­cided to dodge the speed­ster Na­ture Strip who was au­di­tion­ing for an Ever­est run.

Wil­liams is more than happy to take her to this race against the likes of Quilista, Bons Away, Su­per Too and Spend­ing To Win.

“I think she’d be a bet­ter horse at Flem­ing­ton but it will in­ter­est­ing to see how she han­dles Caulfield,” he said.

Wil­liams has given She Knows more than enough time to han­dle run­ning on her Mel­bourne leg at his sta­bles at Goul­burn.

He just wants a bit of rain in the lead up to the short sprint.

“You don’t know un­til you race them there but she’s been work­ing left handed at home for the past three weeks and she’s re­ally happy go­ing that way,” he said.

“She’s quite nim­ble on her feet and she just needs a bit of cush­ion in the track. That’s the big­gest thing for her.”

Ul­tra-con­sis­tent mare She Knows looks hard to beat in to­mor­row’s Caulfield Sprint. Pic Grant Guy

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