Regal pose: Robert Smerdon's sprinter Shamal Wind is bound for Royal Ascot.Regal pose: Robert Smerdon’s sprinter Shamal Wind is bound for Royal Ascot. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Robert Smerdon would like to think of it as just another race, but getting fitted for a top hat and tails was a giveaway that Oakleigh Plate winner Shamal Wind’s next start will be something special.

She will be the final leg of a group 1 trio in the next month for the stable when she steps onto racing’s biggest stage at Royal Ascot.

“It is no different to going to Seymour or Caulfield, you have to have your horse right on the day,” Smerdon said.