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RAC­ING: Out of a “fairly or­di­nary” run at Charlevill­e on Cup Day, Roma-based trainer Craig Smith still man­aged to snag one vic­tory with an­other of his sta­ble’s new runners.

Edgeroi Mitzi ran only her third ca­reer race on Tues­day, tack­ling the 1100m QTIS Maiden Plate and se­cur­ing her first win with a con­vinc­ing mar­gin of 1.3 lengths.

The four-year-old mare is com­ing into her own as a sprinter un­der the tute­lage of Smith, who said he was happy with the progress she had been mak­ing.

“We have had her for about four months now and Charlevill­e was only her sec­ond start for me,” Smith said.

“It has been a bit of a slow process but she is slowly ma­tur­ing and learn­ing the trade.

“She was still a bit green on Tues­day but I know she will im­prove with that run un­der her belt.

“She has al­ready made re­ally good im­prove­ment from her first start for me at Cun­na­mulla and I have put some blink­ers on her so she has re­ally jumped out of the ground now.”

While Mitzi her­self is fairly green when it comes to rac­ing, she has been ex­pertly guided by vet­eran coun­try jockey Shane McGovern.

“Shane has rid­den her both times she’s started for me,” Smith said.

“He’s been around the ropes a fair bit and ex­pe­ri­enced jock­eys like Shane are pretty good with young horses most times.

“It def­i­nitely helps.”

Mov­ing for­ward, Smith is look­ing to give Mitzi a few more runs be­fore the year is out, in­clud­ing Cup Day in Roma next week, where her per­for­mance will de­cide where she goes in the 2020 rac­ing sea­son.

“I think she will progress, and win a cou­ple more,” Smith said.

“We will prob­a­bly only give her one or two more starts this year and then give her a lit­tle spell, but I think she’ll come back a much bet­ter horse next time.

“(On Cup Day) she’ll start in the Class 1 of 1000m and, all go­ing well, she can run at Roma on her home track.

“We will see how she goes next week­end and de­cide her fu­ture from there.”

Pic­ture: Jorja McDonnell

NEW RUN­NER: Daniel McGil­livray and Ross Til­ley of Smith Rac­ing Sta­bles with Edgeroi Mitzi, one of Smith’s early-ca­reer race­horses.

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