Todd Smart is praying there won’t be any more rain before tomorrow’s meeting at Gundagai-Adelong Race Club, as he chases consecutive wins with Miss Farloo.
The eight-year-old Zizou mare is coming off a dominant victory in the 1400m Benchmark 50 fillies and mares Handicap at Narrandera on June 13, lugging 62kg in the process.
Despite winning in such dominant fashion and in the same class of race, Miss Farloo effectively won’t be penalised by the handicapper, and will only have to carry 62kg again, with the former Gundagai trainer taking advantage of this race being graded for colts and geldings.
“Last time it was a fillies and mares Benchmark 50, and we had to carry the weight we were graded on, but because this is open to colts and geldings, we carry 2kg less then we should, meaning we only carry 62kg on the day,” Smart said.
The biggest concern Smart had about potentially racing at Gundagai tomorrow is the state of the track, believing it could still be rated as a heavy surface even if it didn’t rain.
“I am not worried about the draw or where we are, I am just worried about the track conditions,” Smart said.
“It has been raining and it’s winter and as much as I love racing at Gundagai, it can often stay damp and still be quite heavy for some time.
“If is a soft track we will go but I would probably scratch her if it stayed heavy.”
Smart couldn’t fault Miss Farloo’s work after her win at Narrandera and thinks she will be very hard to beat again if she does start.
“100% she can carry that weight and win that race, it is the same sort of race that she won the other day,” Smart said.
“She is going as good as ever, she galloped really well on Tuesday and she is holding her form and fitness.”
In another tick of approval from punters and racing fans alike, in-form hoop, Blaike McDougall is back in the saddle after guiding Miss Farloo to her last victory.
“It helps that Blaike is riding in such good form and he wanted to get back on her,” Smart said.
The Canberra training will also have All About Me returning from a spell tomorrow, contesting the very open 1100m Class One Handicap.
The five-year-old Dreamscape mare, which last raced at Royal Randwick on February 29, will run regardless of the state of the track with Smart believing she will only improve second up.
“We also have All About Me going around in the Class One, we will probably run her however the track looks and she will be better for it next time out,” Smart said.
“She is going well and is a good little each way chance.”