Washington Towers showing his potential

Washington Towers, pictured here with Blaike McDougall on board, has been in great form, stringing back-to-back wins after greeting the judge first in the 1000m Benchmark 66 at Wagga on Thursday. Photo: Trackpix Racing Photography.

It’s taken some time, but the Todd Smart trained Washington Towers is starting to show his worth on the racetrack. 

The four-year-old is lightly raced, having only 10 starts but boasting four wins in what has been an injury-riddled career to date.

“He hasn’t had much luck. He had a throat operation, and he had a few little track accidents. He has been out for nearly 12 months,” Smart said.

After two good wins as a two-year-old, including a victory in the Bathurst Golden Nugget back in May 2019, the Whittington gelding just hasn’t stayed sound, missing most of his three-year-old season. 

Now, the Canberra galloper that is mostly owned locally in Gundagai, has found his best form, winning a Benchmark 65 over the 1000m at Canberra on March 8 before backing up and winning a Benchmark 66 over the 100m at Wagga on Thursday.

“He has been up a long time this preparation because of those issues, but he just keeps getting better and better,” Smart said.

“Whatever he is doing this prep, he will be better for next preparation.”

Smart was considering spelling Washington Towers, but a trip to town could be on the cards after a strong Wagga win under the guidance of Brungle hoop, Billy Owen.

“At this stage, he is not giving me any indication he is going off his work; more than likely, he will have one more run,” Smart said.

“There is a Benchmark 72 at Warwick farm or a Federal Benchmark 70 at Canberra – he will likely go to one of those two races.”

The former Gundagai trainer said his galloper was capable of winning in town, with connections now forced to look at midweek city events due to his rising Benchmark.

“He is starting to get up in the ratings and that is forcing our hand to go to town,” Smart said.

“I think he is a city class horse any day of the week, when he has an accident-free run, he could do anything. He is only a four-year-old and this is his first real prep.” 

The future is limitless for the smart sprinter, with his trainer admitting that the sky was the limit, assuming he stayed injury free.

“He is starting to string a few together and who knows what ability he has got, I just hope we get to see the best of him,” Smart said.