Trainer Robert Smerdon eyes Group 1 riches with Politeness   Leave a comment

Trainer Robert Smerdon eyes Group 1 riches with Politeness

Dwayne Dunn steers Politeness down the outside to score at Caulfield.

Dwayne Dunn steers Politeness down the outside to score at Caulfield. Source: Getty Images

GRAND mare Politeness will be aimed at Group 1 glory in the Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide and then follow former stablemate Mosheen to Japan to breeding barn for owners Katsumi Yoshida and Phil Sly.

Politeness overcame a protracted drama with an infected foot to storm down the outside to win the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) to end the frustration of trainer Robert Smerdon.

Smerdon had hoped to contest the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick with the four-year-old mare but she cast a shoe and stood on a nail, resulting in repeated infections.

Smerdon revamped plans and set her for the sprint on Saturday, in which she flew home at $13 to defeat the Peter Moody-trained Thermal Current ($6) by three-quarters-of-a-length with the David Hayes/Tom Dabernig-trained Gregers ($7) a short-head away third.

Robert Smerdon has Group 1 plans for Politeness. Picture: George Salpigtidis

Robert Smerdon has Group 1 plans for Politeness. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: News Corp Australia

The dual Group 3 winner now will head to Adelaide.

“The 1200m at Morphettville is tough so she should close over the top of them,” Smerdon predicted.

“We have taken one step forward and two steps back and it has been frustrating, but she surprised me by winning today. I was confident she would be running home hard over the short trip, but not confident she could win.”

Jockey Dwayne Dunn, who celebrated a double, said there was “plenty of improvement in her”.

Politeness, like VRC Oaks winner Mosheen, is owned by Phil Sly and one of Japan’s leading owner/breeders Katsumi Yoshida.

“I’d suggest that if we can get her Group 1 status in Adelaide she will head to Japan and the breeding barn,” Smerdon said.

The daughter of Street Sense took her record to five wins and four placings from 19 starts and topped the $400,000 prizemoney mark with the win.

CAULFIELD BIG BETS

RACE 1:Jileks Spur was easy in the morning ($2.50 – $3.20) until about five minutes before the jump when tightening late into $2.90 which included a $3000 wager at $3

Fourth-placed Duplicity Jones also drifted during the morning ($2.50 – $2.90; touched $3 briefly)

There was support for the unplaced To Do ($7 – $5; as short as $4.80)

RACE 2: Favourite punters were delighted with Craig Williams’ vigor asTooleybuc Kid ($3 – $2.70; as short as $2.50) saluted after opening $4.60 on Wednesday before the scratchings of Backbone and Tuscan Fire. Runner-up Star Fashion ($3.80 – $4.20) was the second most popular runner during the day with one bet of $5000 at $4

Unplaced Shoreham was easy throughout the day ($4.20 – $5; touched $5.50 briefly) although there was one bet of $4000 at $5 late

RACE 3: After touching $5 on Saturday morning, Miss Promiscuity closed $4.60 (was as short as $4.40; opened $4 on Wednesday) and just held off Minaj

Runner-up Minaj firmed throughout the day ($5 – $4; touched $3.90). After plenty of early support, the unplaced Sino Eagle was an alarming drifter ($4.60 – $6.50) in the last 10 minutes of betting

Dwayne Dunn and Sunday Escape (right) slide into the home straight before winning the fou

Dwayne Dunn and Sunday Escape (right) slide into the home straight before winning the fourth race. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

RACE 4: There was plenty of early support on Saturday morning for the third-placed Nicoscene, who was as short as $4, drifted out to $5 and closed $4.60 after late activity

Runner-up Belesron was solid at $5 for most of the day (briefly got out to $5.50)

Sunday Escape did receive some late specking after drifting from $12 to $14 before closing $10

RACE 5:Danuki ($5 – $2.80 in the morning; was $2.70 briefly) burnt favourite punters after being defeated by Fleur Fatale. Unplaced Kracken was well supported late in betting (as much as $5.50 – $5 after being $4.40 earlier in the morning). Fleur Fatale was easy throughout ($13 – $21).

RACE 6: Favourite punters were lamenting the failure of Trust In A Gust to salute after going down at $1.95 (opened $2.60 on Wednesday; as short as $1.75 on Saturday)

75% of all bets placed were on Trust In A Gust with bets including $5000 at $2 earlier in the week and $7000 at $1.90 today plus the doubles and trebles that ended up being confetti

Red Bomber opened $26 and was $31 to $51 on raceday.

Nicholas Hall combines with Fontein Ruby to win the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria VOBIS

Nicholas Hall combines with Fontein Ruby to win the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria VOBIS Gold Reef. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

RACE 7: Punters regained ground after Trust In A Gust’s defeat with Fontein Ruby defying a drift (opened $2.80; $1.95 – $2.20 before tightening late to $2.10)

Almost 60% of all bets placed were on Fontein Ruby. Runner-up Jurasound firmed in the morning ($3.50 – $3) but was easy late (closed $3.80).

RACE 8: After drifting to as much as $4.40 during the day, Self Sense was well supported into $3.70 (touched $3.60) but didn’t finish in the placings. Zebrinzreceived backing in the morning ($11 – $9) but eased to $12 late but one customer was happy with a $3000 bet at that price

RACE 9: Gregers – who finished third – had plenty of support early in the day (as short as $4.20) but blew to $6 late before closing $5. Runner-up Thermal Currentwas well backed ($11 – $6; back to $8 before closing $6) including a $6000 wager at $9. Politeness continued to drift throughout the day ($9 – $13)

RACE 10: Under The Louvre was heavily backed (as much as $3.20 into $2.50; was as short as $2.25) but couldn’t get out in time to catch Amorino. The biggest bets on Under The Louvre included $13,000 and $11,000 at $3.20. Amorino didn’t receive much support during the day ($9 – $13).

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Posted April 19, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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