Taking on the big boys
A reduced workload over the past week is hoped to bring another strong effort from Di’z Luck tonight at Addington.
The Gavin Smith Racing Stables trotting filly will have to face the wrath of outstanding juvenile trotter, Enghien, in the PGG Wrightson New Zealand Yearling Sales Series Final this evening, but is one of many in behind the hot favourite who hold strong place credentials.
Those with a keen eye will have spotted her sneaking her way through the middle of the field last Friday night to finish a very strong third against the much more seasoned intermediate grade trotters.
Heading into the $80,000 Listed event, Gavin is as happy as he can be with the filly.
“She seems really bright,” he said.
“We have gone into things a bit lighter this week in terms of her workload and I think it will suit her.
“She used to need the big workload to calm down some of her naughty characteristics, but I think she is mature enough now to cope with being that little bit fresh.”
Gavin has the added advantage of having drawn to the inside of Enghien, but he was also realistic about his overall chances.
“All things being equal we can’t beat the two best colts, but you have to be in it to win and I think she is up to the rest of them.”
The night started well for the stable with a much more improved performance by BD Son in the non-tote event to kick off the big night of racing.
After some mixed performances to start his career, things were a lot better tonight as he boomed home late to grab third after sitting last throughout.
Gavin has three other drives alongside Di’z Luck during the night including the impressive last start winner, Doctor Bones who faces a rise in class tonight but is more than capable.
He also drives Dream To Reality for the Dunn stable as well as the nice pick-up drive on Superfecta in the last race of the night.