Reflectance needs a 'bit of luck' says Smith
Casuarina based trainer Lindsey Smith will prepare Reflectance in the $30,000 GBF Underground – Kambalda Cup to be tomorrow at the KBRC.
The son of Redoute’s Choice has been racing well on the Goldfields as he approaches a potential start in the TABTouch Hannans Handicap on September 22.
Three starts back the gelding had his first run at the KBRC when dominating a field of twelve beating his nearest rival by two lengths.
At his most recent run the galloper produced an eye catching third over 1100m last Sunday when lumping 60kg.
Smith elected to keep his charge in Kalgoorlie with the seven day back up going into tomorrow.
“I’ve left him up there (in Kalgoorlie), I didn’t want to bring him home and back” Smith said.
“He did a bit of evens there yesterday, Chanelle O’Grady rode him and said that he felt good”
The seven year old gets weight relief in tomorrow’s feature being handicapped with 57kg.
Gun apprentice Lucy Warwick has been engaged to ride Reflectance and will have to pilot the gelding from the outside gate.
The galloper’s racing pattern normally sees him sitting midfield or worse and bottled up for a strong sectional.
“If he gets caught out wide he half gives it up, he can’t do too much early in his runs”
“Lucy will just go back from out there, he’ll have a similar ride to last start and he’ll need a bit of luck”
The Kambalda Cup gives owners the opportunity to secure their horse’s place in the $120,000 TABTouch Hannans Handicap with an exemption from the ballot awarded to the winner tomorrow.
Reflectance will not need the exemption due to his handicapper’s rating however Smith is clear that he needs to run well Sunday to line up in the Goldfield’s sprinting feature.
“He’d get in regardless, but you want to be a chance going into a Hannans”
“You don’t want to be kicking tyres”
Smith is of the opinion that a firmer surface suits his horse, with the metropolitan district not suiting Reflectance given the high levels of rainfall this winter.
“He just goes awful on soft tracks, even his form in Sydney before coming over suggests that”
“He won the Mandurah Cup at Pinjarra last year and it was then that we decided to target the Hannans with him”
Smith believes Halusa will be the hardest to beat in the Kambalda Cup, citing that he should get a soft lead from an inside draw.
“I don’t think he’ll get eyeballed like last start, he looks as if he’ll take some beating”