Smart Missile is primed and ready to demonstrate his talent to the world when he takes to Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this Saturday April 2, 2011, in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.
The talented colt’s trainer, Anthony Cummings, is thrilled with the progress his young horse has made.
“The issues with his cough and all the rest of it are well documented but that’s been sorted out and is no longer a concern,” Cummings said.
“And while he hadn’t been around in the public sense he was certainly showing us in private he was still a Slipper horse.”
Cummings has found Smart Missile’s performances in track work to be awe inspiring, and thinks his colt is a great winning chance for the 2011 Golden Slipper.
“He can do things on the track you could hardly believe – that’s what he does, he’s a pretty good horse,” Cummings said.
The trainer acknowledges that Smart Missile’s worst enemy on Golden Slipper Day will be himself, seen as the Fastnet Rocket colt is inexperienced after having had only two race starts.
“He still doesn’t know how to use himself properly, he only has half an idea how to race properly, but that comes down to his natural talent – it screams at you,” Cummings said.
“His ‘racecraft’ is still a worry because he made a couple of mistakes in that race the other day and got himself off balance at one stage.”
Cummings believes that the best way to fix an inexperienced horse is to do nothing at all.
“But like all good horses those things sort themselves out as they go along. I’m not trying to train that out of him, there’s no time for that in the real sense.”
“You just have to let him work it out. He’s a clever horse, he’s a good horse, and he will do exactly that.”
Smart Missile is currently the $4.40 second favourite for the 2011 Golden Slipper at Luxbet.