Smith Continues Elusive Group Race Quest

TRAINER David Smith has enjoyed a spectacular start to 2021 currently leading the Wentworth Park Metropolitan Trainers' Premiership.

Adam Dobbin

16 March 2021

TRAINER David Smith has enjoyed a spectacular start to 2021.

Boasting a winning strike-rate of 26 percent, Smith has led home 13 winners and 14 placegetters from 44 runners at Wentworth Park this year which sees him lead the Metropolitan Trainers’ Premiership.

But while continuing to enjoy a rich vein of success Smith admits that his quest for an elusive group race triumph remains firmly atop of the agenda.

FIELDS AND FORM WEDNESDAY NIGHT

“I’ve made plenty of big ones but haven’t managed to get over the line in one yet,” Smith said.

“I’d say I’ve had a dozen or so finalists in group races. Benkennie Chic was beaten half-a-length in a Group 1 Dapto Megastar – that’s the closest I’ve been.

“They’re not easy to win.”

Back in January, Smith’s agonising run of near misses in big races continued in the National Futurity when Me Me Mia, Super Estrella and Ice Cream Story finished second, third and fourth in the group 1 decider.

On Saturday night the three talented bitches will line-up for Smith in the Golden Easter Egg heats, joined by kennelmate Unreal Ethics.

But before that Smith ventures to Wentworth Park on Wednesday night with a new wave of kennel hopefuls when littermates Calamity Ethics, Rodeo Ethics and Cowgirl Ethics make their debut in the heats of the Group 3 Ladbrokes Magic Maiden.

The trio are by Barcia Bale out of Smith’s former smart racer Red Sox Ethics.

“There’s not a lot between the three of them – the best thing is they’re good box dogs,” Smith said.

“If anything the series is probably a week earlier than I would have liked but it means they’ll get a bit out of Wednesday night.

“The two bitches (Calamity Ethics and Cowgirl Ethics) went 30.15 and the dog (Rodeo Ethics) went 30.29 at their last trials.

“All three have had plenty of experience at Wentworth Park.”

Aiding Smith’s chances on Wednesday night is the fact Calamity Ethics (heat 1) and Rodeo Ethics (heat 2) will exit box one while Cowgirl Ethics (heat 4) will exit box eight.

“They’re quick early and can break 18 up the back so they should get themselves into the race,” Smith said.

“It’s the run home they need to improve. There’s not much between them but I like the one in the first the most, Calamity Ethics.”

While box draws were kind to Smith on Wednesday night the same can’t be said for his four pronged attack on Saturday night’s Golden Easter Egg heats.

Super Estrella has drawn box three in heat one, Ice Cream Story box seven in heat four, Me Me Mia box five in heat six and Unreal Ethics box seven in heat nine.

“The box draws haven’t been kind so we’ll need plenty of luck,” Smith said.

“If we can sneak through to the second week and draw some boxes we might be a chance of getting through.

“The big ones aren’t easy to win which I know better than anyone.”