Smart Patrol proves the doubters wrong at Wyong
Aug 22, 2012
A top jockey wrote him off and he recently attacked his trainer but Smart Patrol has continued his impressive winter preparation with another victory at Wyong.
Nash Rawiller rode Smart Patrol in a maiden at Wyong in December last year before telling trainer Clarry Conners his charge would barely graduate from that grade.
“I rode him about six months ago and I told Clarry he would struggle to win a race with him,” Rawiller said. “He always had the ability but it was just a matter of getting the best out of him.”
Smart Patrol broke his maiden in early June before posting another win in Class 2 company at his next start on June 28. Conners decided to change tack with Smart Patrol after a second placing at Wyong on July 24.
“When he ran second there, I tried what everyone else was doing and I sent him out for 12 days on the water walker to get him to settle down a bit more,” Conners said
“He’s a funny horse, he’s the horse that about four weeks ago attacked me and ripped the tendons in my shoulder.”
Smart Patrol atoned for attacking his trainer with a strong win in the Allan Denham Racing Handicap (1100m). The son of
Bel Danoro sat on the back of the early leader before powering home late to win the $35,000 race by a long neck. The win was the second for the Rosehill stable this season.
“He’s racing in tremendous heart at the moment,” Rawiller said. “The horse has kept improving, Clarry has kept faith in him and he’s starting to get the job done well.
“Full credit to Clarry and his staff.”
Smart Patrol’s Wyong success was his third from 11 starts. The four-year-old’s prizemoney tally surged to more than $73,000 with his win, more than nine times his $8000 purchase price.
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