Track specialist looks to make Dalby Cup his own
RACING: Tabard has developed a liking for the unique circuit that is Bunya Park, and trainer Robert Smih is hoping that can translate in Dalby’s biggest race.
The five-year-old shapes as a lightweight hope in the $30,000 Dalby Cup (1400m) today, as he looks to continue his near flawless record at the track and trip.
Three starts over the seven furlongs at Bunya Park has resulted in two wins and a second, and Smith believes it puts him in good stead.
“He seems to like the track,” he said.
“He won his maiden there impressively and won a Class 3 too (in June). He hit the front a bit early there, and is more of a chaser, but he gets into the race nicely with the weights compressed.”
Matt Kropp has two leading contenders in topweight Splitz and Warwick Cup winner Rosie Posie.
Smith identified the pair as hard to beat, however he said jockey Nozi Tomizawa should be able to position Tabard nicely in the run to finish off strongly.
“When ridden positively, he doesn’t have the same turn of foot,” he said.
“He’s got a better sprint when he’s ridden cold. I know he’s drawn barrier four, but I think we’ll look to sit midfield.
“The pace should be genuine being an open handicap, and hopefully he can get a nice smother and the race opens up for him in the straight.”
The Dalby Cup (4.03pm) headlines a nine-race card from Bunya Park, with the first to get underway at 11.43am and the last commencing at 4.40pm.