BEN Smith believes In Her Time’s hit’n’run shot at the Doomben 10,000 will point to alot more than just her next Brisbane carnival target.
PRIMED: Josh Parr, driving In Her Time to victory in the Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill, will ride her on Saturday. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜网南京桑拿
The Newcastle trainer’s stable star will resume in the $700,000 group 1 over 1200 metres on Saturday, and the race will double as a trial of her travelling capabilities.
The four-year-old mare has notraced outside of Sydney and the Central Coast and Smith was keen to “test the waters”. In Her Time made the float trip to Queensland on Wednesday night and she was returning home after the race despite plans to run her again north of the border.
“She’s never had to travel before so we’re going up and back for this one to see if she can handle it and see if she’s up to group 1 level,” Smith said. “That will decide where we go.If she runs really well, we’ll look at the [$1.5 million] Stradbrokeand if not we’ll go to the [$200,000] Dane Ripper [both June 10 at Eagle Farm].
“We’re also looking at it as a guide to whether we take her to Melbourne for races in the spring and what we do in the autumn.”
In Her Time won back-to-back group 2 races –the Breeders Classic and Millie Fox Stakes –in February beforefifth on group 1 debut in the Coolmore Classic.
She won a trial at Wyong on May 1 but will hit the Doomben 10,000 first-up from a two-month let-up. Smith said a more patient approach, compared to his early days with the horse, paid off last preparation.
“She seems to race pretty well fresh,” Smith said of the winner of five from 11 starts.
“We’ve learned to space her runs. We’ve spelled her a couple of times, and we’ve tried a couple of places, but shenever spells well.We’re going to have to handpick her races, poke along and keep her fresh and happy.”
In Her Time, with Josh Parr again on board, will startfrom barrier 12of 14 on Saturday. Smith hoped the draw meant hissuccessful front-runner, a $21 shot with TAB Fixed Odds on Friday,could find cover.
“I don’t think it will bother her too much,” Smithsaid of the wide barrier. “There’s obviously speed inside us and it will probably just allow us to do our own thing.She’s good out of the gates and can put herself into a race. She can sit just off them.
“Redzel and Russian Revolution are going to go quite hard, and there are your backmarkers, so it looks like we should be able to put ourselves where we want.Josh has ridden her different ways in trials as well and she’s shown she’s adaptable.
“She’s keen in her work and Josh was very happy with heron Tuesday.She’s taken great improvement from her trial. We’ve got to test the waters at some point and this is a good test for her.”
Smith was also keen to see In Her Time perform again at group 1 level after a luckless effort inthe Coolmore.
“It was a solid run but we were a bit disappointed,” he said.
“If we’d been able to get out when Josh wanted her to, we would have finished much closer.
“She had the wind taken out of her, trying to get out around the 600 and the 450 again. That’s when they started to quicken, and it’s hard in any race to get going again from that.But she held on well, I thought.
“Stretching out to 1500, she needed everything to go right.”
He was confident of a better display with In Her Time dropping back in distance.