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A mid-week win at Canterbury on Wednesday from progressive Strada filly G’Day Kitty has Warwick Farm-based horseman Matthew Smith eyeing off the riches of next year’s Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival including early plans to target the 2013 Queensland Oaks.
G’Day Kitty, a bargain buy for just $24,000 at the William Inglis and Son 2011 Scone Select Yearling Sale, broke her maiden status at career start number five this week.
After a number of promising runs she finally was first past the post when wearing winkers for the first time, Jeff Penza guiding her to a smart three quarter length victory over the Chris Waller-trained Penometer in the Mossman @ Vinery 3YO Maiden Plate (1550m).
“Jeff has been coming out to ride work for the stable at Warwick Farm and I’m happy to be able to reward him with some good rides,” Waller said of the winning jockey on Wednesday.
“He got the job done today.”
It was an impressive effort from Smith’s only Canterbury runner at the meeting as G’Day Kitty charged home from the back of the pack on the turn to take the honours giving her trainer hope that she will continue to thrive as she’s stepped up in distance.
“I was really encouraged by the way she was able to make that step from her Hawkesbury placing last start to win in the city,” Smith said.
“The fact she was able to finish her race off so strongly at the end of 1550m suggests she will get further and that opens up so many more options for us.”
One of those options could turn out to be the prestigious $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse during the winter on June 1, 2013.
“I’d like to give her one more run this time in over a slightly longer distance and then turn her out,” Smith said.
“She’s an improving filly and she might be able to measure up in Brisbane during winter.”
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