Given an armchair ride in front by Cameron Lammas, Smashing (4 m Pins – Ruud Van Slaats) had too many wheels in the $25,000 New World Wellington City Rating 85 1200 metres on Saturday January 30 at Trentham.
Back in class after a solid effort for fifth in the $60,000 Hallmark Stud Handicap (Listed, 1200m) on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, Smashing has now won five races, and includes two track records, for owners and breeders Brent & Cherry Taylor at Trelawney Stud who race her with Maureen Davies and Faith Taylor.
Also further embellishing his record on the mare, rider Cameron Lammas has been successful in three of their five pairings.
“I’ve ridden her a few times and got to know her and as long as she settles then she’s hard to beat,” said Lammas.
“She’s a speedy filly, has shown she can run time and could gain black type with the right run.”
Smashing strode along comfortably under a nice hold from Lammas and ran clear from the 400m to win untouched by two lengths in 1:09.6 for the 1200 metres.
“She’s well above average,” said Jamie Richards, who trains the mare with Stephen Autridge.
“She has a few wee niggles, but Cam (Lammas) does a lot of work on her at home and gets on with her really well. I’m rapt for the owners; Brent & Cherry support the stable and it’s good to have a nice win for them. She’d been freshened since the Hallmark, is on the way up and looks like she has a stakes’ win in her. We will place her carefully and get some black type for the future,” said Richards.
Richards mentioned that the Lightning Stakes (Listed, 1200m) in March at Trentham and NZB Finance & Leasing Sprint (Listed, 1200m) in April at Hastings, as races that could be within her grasp.
Impressive in a career of five wins and $340,000 in earnings, her dam, Ruud Van Slaats, included victories in the Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) and the Cal Isuzu Stakes (Gr. 2, 1600m).
Smashing was strapped by Daniel Miller.
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