Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats) scored an impressive fresh up victory in the Ben Collins Electrical Rating 75 1000 metres at Te Aroha on Wednesday.
Cameron Lammas caught a beautiful start on the four-year-old mare across the shorter trip to deliver for owners Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud who race her with Maureen Davies, Faith Taylor, and Anne & Kath Symes.
Lammas was aboard Smashing in a recent 950-metre trial on Nov. 9 at Cambridge. She relaxed outside the leader and went on untested for second to Statham (Danroad), who finished second in the Counties Bowl (Listed, 1100m) on Saturday at Avondale.
She ended her previous campaign when setting a track record in April for 1400 metres (1:21.5) on Breeders Stakes Day at Te Aroha, although that record was eclipsed later on the same day. She also holds the 1200-metre for record (1:09.3) at Rotorua.
Holding steady at $4.60 & $1.80 (fixed odds) for a majority of the day ($4.60 & $1.80), punters waded in closer to start time and she shortened appreciably to $3.10 & $1.50 on the tote.
Emulating the pattern of her recent trial, Smashing relaxed outside the leader on a lovely rein and only required a hand ride when asserting her superiority at the 200m to win easing down by one and three-quarter lengths.
She ran the 1000 metres in a slick 57.3, last 600m in 33.4, and has now won four of her ten starts.
“She’s got a lot of speed,” said Lammas. “We were cruising, biding our time and at the two-hundred (metres) when I gave her a push she took off.
“Her brain is right now and she’s a lot stronger than last year, and she’s quite settled too.
Her dam Ruud Van Slaats recorded five wins for $340,000 in earnings, which included the Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) and the Cal Isuzu Stakes (Gr. 2, 1600m).
After enjoying a celebratory beverage on a hot day under the mountain at Te Aroha Brent Taylor said: “It was a pretty slick time even though she was allowed to loaf the last bit and to be fair he (Lammas) never rode her out to the line”.
“She’s the first foal out of one of our favoured race mares Ruud Van Slaat, that Johnny Sarg trained for us, and the reason she’s called Smashing is because during her yearling prep she ran into a gate and smashed her face open and made a hell of a mess,” said Taylor.
“Obviously we couldn’t sell her, so we stitched her up and for a long time we didn’t even think we could race her.
“She hasn’t had the best of racing manners, which has probably cost us in some of her previous performances as a three-year-old but if everything goes her way she is incredibly competitive and very very fast as we can see.
“Stephen (Autridge) and Jamie (Richards) have done a great job and also hats off to the team up at Te Akau Stud who pre-trained her, working quietly, for six weeks on the farm and working on her brain as much as anything else and she’s come back in wonderful order.
“The team at Trelawney are most grateful for the work they have done, and hopefully we’ll reap the rewards.
“Kerry (Jones) did a wonderful job with her on the day and out the back afterwards you wouldn’t even have known she’d had a race.
“I’m not sure we’ll see the best of her this year either, and she could be twelve months from being really mature” said Taylor.
“There’s one thing about it: when you’ve got ability and tactical speed, and can run time, you can work on race manners and think you’re a chance of picking up something decent along the line.
“Pins’ are wonderful racehorses and he (Pins) was a very mature horse as a three-year-old, and very competitive. Most Pins horses take time, though if you’re patient with them they just keep getting better and better and you can reap the rewards” said Taylor.
Co-trainer Jamie Richards said: “It’s lovely to get a win for Brent & Cherry and we think she’s up to black type, and 1200m/1400m fillies and mares should be ideal. We’ll just take her home, look after her and won’t make any decisions on race day.
This is a timely update for Lot 51 in Trelawney's Karaka Premier draft, a half brother to Smashing by Cox Plate winner Ocean Park.
–Te Akau Racing
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