Crack­ing Gold Nugget gives Gardner Rea­son To Smile

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

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.’’

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