Sid­ina is a ris­ing star on the coun­try tracks

The Western Star - - SPORT - JORJA MCDON­NELL jorja.mcdon­[email protected]­ern­

HOLD­ING an­other shiny piece of hard­ware af­ter race four at Mitchell, vet­eran horse­man Neville Franz couldn’t be hap­pier with his young filly, Sid­ina.

At only three years old and with three starts to her name, she’s as fresh as they come on the coun­try tracks.

But af­ter run­ning first by a wide mar­gin in Satur­day’s Les Carter Memo­rial, she’s proven to her owner, and to trainer Craig Smith, that she will be go­ing places in the in­dus­try.

“This was only her third start, and we thought she’d go well (at Mitchell),” Franz said.

“Our trainer told us she is just start­ing to come good, and will get over a lot more ground than what she cov­ered to­day, con­sid­er­ing this was her first at­tempt at 1200m.

“Af­ter to­day, we reckon she’ll get up to 1400m and 1600m.”

Af­ter buy­ing her as a year­ling from Eureka Stud, as one of six young rac­ers, Franz had been “bat­tling away” with Sid­ina be­fore putting her un­der the traineeshi­p of Roma’s Craig Smith, and to­gether the pair have had a long his­tory of suc­cess.

“A cou­ple of years ago I was here and had some of my other horses rac­ing with him, but they have re­tired now,” Franz said.

“Sid­ina is part of the next batch that are com­ing through with Craig, who at the mo­ment is my go-to trainer, and hope­fully we will have more suc­cess with him.

“He keeps telling me they will come good, and he knows best.”

Franz has worked with horses for most of his life, and has a keen eye for young, suc­cess­ful thor­ough­breds.

Af­ter decades in the busi­ness, he had al­ways thought his best horse was his first, but ad­mits Sid­ina might just match up.

“I started off many years ago with a real good horse, but lost him af­ter he snapped a leg at Ea­gle Farm,” Franz said.

“Ever since then I’ve been try­ing and try­ing, and have never had one any­where near as good as him.

“But Sid­ina might just be the one.

“She’s only had a cou­ple of lit­tler starts af­ter one small prepa­ra­tion, so she’s still got a fair bit of im­prove­ment, but I think if she does keep im­prov­ing, she might be some­thing in the fu­ture.”

Fol­low­ing Mitchell, trainer Craig Smith con­firmed Sid­ina will have a few weeks off be­fore her next race.

Pic­tures: Smith Rac­ing Sta­bles

WIN­NING TEAM: Cham­pion filly Sid­ina and con­nec­tions in Mitchell af­ter win­ning the Les Carter Memo­rial on Satur­day. .

Neville Franz took home the Les Carter Memo­rial tro­phy.

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