Cracking Gold Nugget gives Gardner Reason To Smile
CANBERRA filly Reason To Smile, boasting race experience and impressive form, looms as the one to beat in the $22,000 Bathurst Toyota Gold Nugget (1100m) today.
Reason To Smile has already had three starts, being placed in each, while her six Gold Nugget rivals include four debutants and two who have yet to trouble the placegetters.
Trainer Norm Gardner said Reason To Smile gets her chance to break through.
“She is going well on the track, I can’t fault her and I think the Gold Nugget is a nice race for her,’’ he said.
Reason To Smile, a daughter of Magic Millions winner Unencumbered, cost only $16,000 as a yearling. “She was only a cheap, little filly but I liked her as a type,’’ Gardner said.
“Although she hasn’t won a race yet, she has been competitive in each of her three starts; she is a real trier.’’
Reason To Smile made her debut at Wagga Wagga in January and was unlucky to bump into the very smart Sizzling Belle, finishing more than five lengths behind her in third place.
Sizzling Belle has won three races this season, was second in the Black Opal, and qualified for the Golden Slipper where she ran ninth to Estijaab.
Gardner gave Reason To Smile a spell after the filly’s Wagga debut and, in her two runs since, she was narrowly beaten first-up by Zoffay Magic over 900m at Queanbeyan then ran third behind Sydney colt Black Magnum on Canberra’s Acton track.
“I thought she was a bit stiff at Canberra last start,’’ Gardner said.
“Her rider, Courtney Gravener, thought she was going to get a rails run but it didn’t come. It was a hot race, too.’’