DALE Smith has been dubbed “peaches” by the inner sanctum of the Mick Price stable.
And, while there is a fair degree of good natured banter involved, Smith lived up to his moniker with two rides that can only be described as “peaches” to land Danny The Fox and Stratigraphy today at Sportingbet Park.
Smith, enjoying another good season, was called upon by Price when stable jockey Craig Newitt was riding at today’s Devonport Cup meeting.
For Smith the city double was all about what he said was an “opportunity” and he certainly made the most of his at Sportingbet Park.
Smith said Danny The Fox had the scope to stretch out to 2000 metres and snare a good quality race before the autumn carnival is over.
“He’s come back really well,” Smith said.
“It is the best he’s come back, he relaxed very well. He put them away very easily.”
Smith said Danny The Fox lived up to his good recent trial and displayed a “good turn of foot.”
He noted that Stratigraphy continued to make good improvement.
“He can be a hard going horse, but he was good today. He showed a bit of grit and determination.”
Stratigraphy, $4.60, won by a long neck from the fast-finishing Too Deadly, $8, with a half length to Our Protocol, $31, third.