Drop in class to suit Smokin By
By Jonny Turner
Smokin By will go from clashing with one classy Southlander to another in the Marlborough Winter Cup and Sunday.
The Mitchell Kerr trained pacer will attempt to end his season on a high note when clashing with cup prelude winner Paddyproudfoot.
The Kirstin Barclay and Paul Ellis trained Paddyproudfoot made his massive trip from Invercargill to Waterlea worthwhile when downing his main rival Storm Prince in the Marlborough Winter Cup Prelude on Friday.
The Southlander came off the back of the favourite and produced a smart burst of speed to win.
Paddyproudfoot will back up in Sunday’s Marlborough Winter Cup, which will mean little respite for Smokin By.
Smokin By comes in to the race after running in to the southerner’s superstar stablemate, U May Cullect, in the Uncut Gems Classic at Addington.
Though he could not match it with the unbeaten star, Smokin By went a sound race in fourth.
The 4yr-old will drop massively in grade in tomorrow’s race after taking on Turn It Up at the Harness Jewels in his previous start.
Storm Prince will attempt to take out his second cup race in less than a month on Sunday.
The Paul Court trained 4yr-old will the 3000m of the Nelson Winter Cup, which puts him in good stead for the Marlborough Winter Cup.
Storm Prince shares the 10m mark with Doitson and Sociable, who both went sound races on Friday.
They give a 10m headstart to Paddyproudfoot, who starts off the front line alongside Friday’s thirdplacegetter, The Kaik.
Smokin By will give all of his main rivals a head start when he begins from the 20m mark.
Madeleine Stowe will be out to make amends in Sunday’s feature trot.
The Margo Nyhan trained squaregaiter looked desperately unlucky not to figure in the finish at Waterlea on Sunday when denied clear running in the home straight.
Madeleine Stowe went to the line full of running on the back of the winner, Monaro Mara.
Monara Mara will not back up and race on Sunday, making Madeleine Stowe’s quest for redemption slightly easier.