MATTHEW Smith will take Summoned Stakes (1500 metres) winner Cabernet back home to Sydney for next month’s Villiers Stakes.
Smith identified the Group 2 race at Warwick Farm as the next target for Cabernet, which sprinted clear of her rivals to post a comfortable win today at Sportingbet Park.
He noted the way Cabernet ran right through the line that the step up to the 1600 metres is something that should not worry the six-year-old.
“She has really done well since she has been in Melbourne and she is a really good quality mare,” Smith said.
“She was beautifully ridden and she finished the race off well.”
Cabernet, heavily backed from $6 to $4.60 favourite, scored by three-quarters of a length from Skyerush, $9, which ran well from her 15
Twilighting, $31, was a neck away third with an identical margin to Hi Belle, $26, fourth while Angel Of Mercy, $5.50, didn’t have much luck in
Jockey Michael Rodd described Cabernet’s win as “pretty painless” as she reproduced her good run at Flemington.
Rodd noted that he was hoping to get one off the rails to give the mare her best chance.
“I was a little bit closer than I thought I was going to be, but I had to keep sliding forward to drop in. She travelled so lovely up the straight and I knew Matthew didn’t want me to get the front too soon,” he said.
“She has that really good turn of foot, so you know that she is going to give you two or three lengths really quickly and that is what she