By Tony Megahey
Ultra-consistent Warwick Farm trainer Matthew Smith has the numbers and form to generate punters' confidence at Nowra’s TAB meeting on Tuesday.
The provincial and city winners have been regular for Smith in the new season, following 36 successes last season, highlighted by the prestige Group 3 Triscay Stakes win at Royal Randwick in February by his stable star, Faraway Town.
Smith was upbeat about the chances of six lightly-raced prospects throughout seven TAB races at the popular Shoalhaven track in a holiday weekend mode. The rides will be shared between Andrew Banks and Riverina apprentice Rebeka Prest who has a full book at Sunday’s Cootamundra Cup TAB meeting.
Smith and Prest open with three-year-old Choisir colt Bobby Dazzler in the Shoalhaven River Festival 1100m Maiden: “He’s a nice progressive colt, shown ability in all of his trials and he’s in a suitable race,” Smith offered.
Boom Queen, a three-year-old, Spirit of Boom filly is a dual acceptor but is likely to start in the second event, the Kennard’s Hire BM 58 1200m.
“She was strong winning her maiden at Taree and she’s come back nicely this prep, she's ready to take the next step.”
Three-year-old fillies, Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Miss Charlie contest the South Coast Law 1100m Maiden.
“Dizzy Miss Lizzy is the more advanced, she’s the way to go here and both her runs this time in she’s closed off strongly.”
A Goulburn second placing, after a solid fourth at Newcastle, and extra race fitness are strong pointers for Nowra: “Miss Charlie is resuming, she has had two trials but as I said, our other filly is more forward.”
Snitzel gelding Aggarwal offers the consistency of placings in likely harder races at Kembla, Hawkesbury as well as Canberra.
“Really knocking on the door - he’ll find the right race sooner or later, he just keeps finding one better. But he’ll be highly competitive again.”
Smith considers the last start failure at Newcastle of his dual race winner Paris Sizzler can be forgotten and he’s well placed in the final event, the Pearce and Percy Constructions BM 58 (1600m), third-up from a spell.
“He was held up there at a vital stage and a bit unlucky - the run wasn’t too bad and he’ll be fitter,” Smith explained. “He’s fitter for recent racing and he showed nice ability last prep.”
In December, Paris Sizzler was a dominant Wagga Wagga maiden winner and was then placed at Scone in better grade. And importantly, he runs a strong 1600m.
Nowra is presently is rated a Good 4 with overcast weather and officials are catering for a traditionally bumper crowd amidst the holiday long weekend.