After a quiet run of things for the past month, things kick back into full swing for Gavin Smith Racing Stables today at Amberley.
It’s been lean times, with a very small race team for the early stages of 2017, but the return of a couple of quality trotters today should get the wheels back in motion and Gavin has some strong outside drives too.
Last season’s two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Di’z Luck kicks off her campaign in the opening race of the day – her first race since winning a Breeders Crown heat at Addington back in July last year.
There’s no serious expectations first up from Gavin for the filly, but her class is undoubted.
“It’s actually a pretty strong maiden field so it won’t be easy,” he said.
“We aren’t screwed down yet either, but there weren’t too many options. We could have taken on the really good three-year-olds fresh up or this race because there isn’t really anything else suitable for the rest of the month.
“She’s better than a maiden though and I think her class will take her a fair way.”
Di’z Luck will start from near the outside of the front line and will kick off her campaign off the back of a good second behind her stablemate, All Settled Down at the Rangiora workouts on Wednesday in which they trotted home in better than 59 seconds.
All Settled Down is also resuming today and as is always the case with the talented, but enigmatic, trotter, manners will be the key if she is to be competitive.
“She meets a really good field too, and will benefit plenty from the run, but I was quite happy with her workout the other day.
“I’m sure she’s got the ability to win, but she will need to bring her manners.”
Gavin has three other drives at the meeting including the promising debutant, Algranco Albyone from the Phil Burrows stable.
The Bettors Delight three-year-old gelding has looked above average in all his workouts and trials and won’t stay in the maiden grade for too long. Gavin and Burrows also combine in the last of the day with Perfect Circle who did a good job in her first short campaign.
In the day’s feature, the Amberley Cup, he has picked up the drive on Kotare Yael who despite meeting a strong field is always a chance in handicap races with his great stand start manners.