By Ray Hickson
Trainer Ben Smith is happy enough for fate to decide if smart mare In Her Time gains an Everest berth.
The multiple Group 2 winning five-year-old served up a reminder of her talent with a dominant trial win at Rosehill on Tuesday and will tackle a number of Everest runners first-up in the Premiere Stakes (1200m) on September 30.
“A lot will ride on the Premiere Stakes being a fortnight out from the race,’’ Smith said.
“If we can win or run well I’m sure it will open up a few doors.
“She’s come back in good order, we’ll just wait and see how she goes and if there’s an opportunity for her we’re more than happy to go around.
“They’re all good horses, there’s not much between them and it’s just going to be luck on the day.’’
With less than four weeks until the $10m The Everest (1200m), the world’s richest race on turf, essentially only three slots remain unsecured.
In Her Time's latest trial at Rosehill – September 19
Confirmed runners are Chautauqua, Redzel, Houtzen, She Will Reign, English, Fell Swoop and Brave Smash with an announcement on the Lindsay Park duo of Redkirk Warrior and Vega Magic imminent.
Smith said he has a three start preparation planned for In Her Time beginning with the Premiere Stakes and ending with the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) in Melbourne.
What race she has in between depends on the remaining Everest slot holders.
“If she gets an Everest start she will go there but if not we will bypass and go to the Manikato,’’ he said.
In Her Time was one of the most improved mares in training last season, winning four races from eight starts including two Group 2s and was runner-up in both the Stradbroke Handicap and Tatt’s Tiara at Group 1 level.
She also ran fifth behind Everest second favourite Redzel in the Doomben 10,000 after sitting wide all the way in unsuitable conditions.
Smith said he was rapt with her trial win at Rosehill, where she sat just off the speed in the 900m heat before cruising to the front and dashing away to win by almost four lengths.
“Before she won the second of her Group 2s we trialled her 12 days out from the race and did the same thing with an exhibition galloper before the Stradbroke and that seems to work with her,’’ Smith said.
“Her work has been good and she has improved so it’s all good going forward.’’
Corey Brown will ride In Her Time in the Premiere Stakes.
She Will Reign also won her Rosehill heat on Tuesday with new jockey Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.