Imza Smoothie lucky to make it to the track
IMZA Smoothie, who lines up on the first day of the Coffs Harbour carnival today, is lucky to have made it to the racetrack.
The four-year-old gelding by British stallion Za-Im was bred by Corindi-based owner Brian Taylor.
"He fell in a creek when he was a foal," Taylor revealed. "It took five blokes to get him out of there.
"A lady was walking by and found him. If she hadn't spotted him in trouble he probably would have died."
Imza Smoothie is prepared by astute Grafton trainer Hunter Kilner.
He had two starts earlier in his career in April and May without showing a great deal.
However, produced first-up in a maiden at Grafton on July 5, Imza Smoothie was the subject of a well-executed plunge, firming from $7.50 into $5 late and getting the bikkies over 1100m.
Twenty-one days later Kilner then sent the gelding around in a 1012m Class 1 at Coffs on July 26, Imza Smoothie rattling home late to finish runner-up to Wine And Chocolate on a heavy 10 racing surface.
"It was an extra good run last start," Kilner said. "He just got too far back and it was too short for him.
"If it was 1200 metres, he probably wins."
Imza Smoothie steps up to 1200m today in the Class 1 Edgell Cup.
"It will only be about 10 days since he raced but I can't see any reason why he won't back up," Kilner added. "He's had a couple of swims and some steady gallops. He's going along okay.
"I think he's a horse still on the way up, definitely. I haven't quite figured him out yet whether he's going to be looking for 1400 to 1600 or he's just a pure sprinter."
Imza Smoothie hasn't gone up in weight despite his last start second and Kilner has added impetus to the gelding's chances by engaging 3kg claiming apprentice Samantha Polo for the gelding. Imza Smoothie will carry 56kg. "I guess the big question mark is how he will go for a claiming apprentice but Samantha is riding well," Kilner added.
Kilner will also saddle up Diamond Daze (Belinda Hodder) in the same event.
"She had a very long break before last start and will probably need a couple more runs."