Safety, rather than speed, will be the main aim for Gavin Smith Racing Stables star Tango’s Delight today at Reefton.
A Group Two winner two starts back, the speedy mare hasn’t produced her best behaviour in two subsequent starts from behind the barrier strand, but Gavin is more determined today to let her find her own feet at the beginning of the Inangahua Grey Valley Cup.
The daughter of Bettor’s Delight didn’t look at all interested at the beginning of Friday’s Kawaitiri Cup at Westport, nor did she at Cheviot the start prior. Instead of letting frustration get the better of him though, Gavin is putting a lot of the blame on himself.
“It was my fault on Friday,” he said.
“I was trying to get her to step away too fast and she didn’t want anything to do with it. So I’ll let her find her own feet early this time instead of trying to chase her out and hopefully that will help.
“She’s going to need a bit of luck though. She can’t go around them, so we are going to have to pick and choose a path and hope for the best. She’s just no really tough enough to do plenty of work in a race so we will be trying to through them as opposed to round them.”
The sole runner off a 20 metre handicap, Tango’s Delight will again be one of the favoured chances in the feature event, despite her last two misdemeanours.
The stable will be represented by two other runners at Reefton who both turned in good performances on Friday at Westport.
Late Mail was beaten by a short margin into third behind Mogul on Friday after being given every chance by Gavin.
“I was pretty disappointed in his performance. But on reflection I might have been a bit light on him in between runs so he should be a better horse this time round.
“With his really good manners he’s going to be on the speed so I think he will be pretty hard to beat.”
Blade, who finished fourth behind That’s Fine Julius on the first day, is another who is capable of winning.
“He’s got a horrible draw to content with. But I was pretty happy with his first day run considering her didn’t get a lot of luck in the race. He’ll need a few things to go his way, but based on the way he went on Friday he’s got a chance.”
Gavin will be a busy man at today’s meeting with nine drives in total.
His best chance looks to be the Simon Adlam trained Hey Knowchange. First up since December 2014, the Simon Adlam trained pacer was gallant in defeat behind Latin Lloyd on the first day and has another good draw to aid the chances today.