Trainer Ben Smith NICE START: Sound Proposition wins for trainer Kris Lees and jockey Rachel King on Saturday at Randwick. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜网.au
Newcastle trainer Ben Smith wasn’t exactly sure what went wrong with In Her Time’s start in the group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1350 metres) at Doomben on Saturday.
A few hours after the race, Smith was still not ready to watch the replay of his $2.70 favourite finishing a gallant third in the $500,000 event –the final group 1 of the season.
A quick look at the stewards report, though, said it all: “Slow to begin and then bumped by another runner shortly after the start. Raced wide throughout.”
In Her Time, a two-time group 2 winner, was all the rage with punters, despite drawing gate 13 of 16 for the Tiara,after her brave second in the Stradbroke Handicap two weeks earlier.
However, the poor start on Saturday meant the noted on-pace runner was forced to come five deep around the field.
Despite the obstacles, she fought on to finish a length third to Tycoon Tara.
She lost no admirers, especially from her small Broadmeadow stable.
“She wasn’t entitled to do what she done,” Smith said.
“But it just shows how tough she is.
Tycoon Tara proves too tough to catch in the final Group 1 of the season, the Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara at #Doomben! pic.twitter南京夜网/NxNu5dDTfX
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“She was entitled to drop right out with the run she had but to her credit, she’s just so tough and she tries so hard. She’s an absolute pleasure to have in the stable.”
Although disappointed, Smith was already looking with anticipation to the group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) in October at Moonee Valley with In Her Time and hoping for better luck at the barrier draw.
“She’s proved she’s up to group 1 level, she deserves to be there, I just wish she could win one,” Smith said.
“She’s won three times at Canterbury, so the tight track [at Moonee Valley] won’t worry her. It will just be if she can handle the other way of going.
“But we’ll make sure we go there early enough to give her a few runs around the Valley before the race.”
Premier Newcastle Kris Lees’ Danish Twist was never in the Tattersall’s Tiara after a troubled trip behind runners. She finished 14thafter being severely checked in the straight but was cleared of serious injury.
Lees, though,could take consolation from the debut of Sound Proposition at Randwick.
The former New Zealander, 10thin the Doomben Cup behind Lees’ Sense Of Occasion, won with his ease for his new trainer.
It was part of a Randwick winning treble for boom apprentice Rachel King and a double for Newcastle trainers whenPaul Perry’s Salerno claimed the last race.