ROBERT Smerdon is looking towards the VRC St Leger with emerging stayer Cooldini, comfortable winner of today’s Dennis Hanrahan Handicap at Caulfield.
Smerdon said Cooldini, purchased by prominent bloodstock agent Cameron Cooke, would now have a brief break before being aimed towards the Listed Race at Flemington on Anzac Day.
He noted that when Cooldini came into work for this his first race preparation there was no particular goal with this son of Bernardini.
“I think a break is the right thing for him now and bring him back for the St Ledger,” Smerdon said.
Cooldini, a drifter from $2.45 to $2.50 before firming to start at $2.45 favourite, sat outside second favourite Digitalism, which eased from $2.70 to $3.80, and was always travelling nicely for Nick Hall.
When Arousing Suspicion made its move about the 600 metres, Hall simply shook up Cooldini, which responded by sweeping past Digitalism and comfortably hold off Duplicity Jones, $11, to win by one length with one and a quarter lengths to Digitalisim, third.
“It was a fair effort because I don’t think he was suited by the tempo. If they had gone a good gallop it would have suited him better,” Smerdon said.
“He has a good cruising speed and he sustains it, but he doesn’t have a great turn of foot. He would be better in a big field when they are running along.”