ROBERT Smerdon hopes his decision to miss last week’s Wyong Magic Millions with talented juvenile Calcatta in preference for Wednesday’s Joe Brown Plate at Caulfield will be rewarded.
Smerdon abandoned plans to take Calcatta to Wyong after the filly drew gate 12 in the 13-horse field.
The Caulfield trainer’s decision was reinforced after the impressive win by Assail, which controlled the race before surging clear for an emphatic three length win.
Calcatta has drawn gate three in the Joe Brown Plate where Luke Nolen replaces Dwayne Dunn who is taking a break over Christmas.
Smerdon said Calcatta, who can seal a trip to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, has benefited from the experience of her debut win at Moonee Valley on November 30.
“She has quite a good brain for a two-year-old and she has a good gate,” Smerdon said.
“The run will tell us how we’re going and if we go on to the Millions.”
Calcatta has been backed to win the Joe Brown Plate from $3 to $2.50 with Sportsbet.com.au, which has this daughter of Tale Of The Cat a $13 chance in the Magic Millions.
Smerdon also Every Faith, a Not A Single Doubt filly from a Zabeel mare, having its first start in the Joe Brown Plate.
“It (Every Faith) has shown some promise, but I’d rate Calcatta above her,” Smerdon said.