Trainer Matt Smith is confident he has a handy stayer on his hands in the shape of import Attorney but heads to Canterbury today with some reservations.
Its nothing to do with the four-year-olds work, distance progression or form – hes coming off a first-up win with 61.5kg at Newcastle over a mile – its whether the tight Canterbury circuit will bring him undone.
“Canterbury is one of those tracks where you need a bit of luck in the run, Smith said.
“My expectation is he will run well. If he gets the right breaks he wont be far away. Its just a matter of whether he adapts to going around there because he wouldnt have seen a track like that.
Attorney, who races in the OTI colours, came to Smith with four starts under his belt and a win at 2400m in France.
Prior to his Australian debut at Newcastle the trainer was a little cautious about his chances, but the gelding sustained a long run and proved a bit too good for class 1 company, running 35.54 seconds for his last 600m (Punter's Intelligence).
As he gets further out in distance he will get better, but he still has to navigate his way around Canterbury.
“You have to be a little reserved with imports in their first preparation, he said.
“In fairness to the horse, he had trialled well leading into Newcastle, so he was going to run well. It was just a matter of if the distance was okay for him.
“Hed come out of a couple of good form races. Horses hed raced had gone on to better company, and that was the reason we identified him.
“He was doing well and doing plenty wrong as well. He was very colty and needed gelding; that was the first thing we did with him.
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