Boom Perth sprinter Smoko resumes in Saturday’s Beaufine Stakes 2014 and has opened as the odds-on favourite to pick up where they left off in November with victory in the Belmont Park feature.
There are 10 gallopers in the mix for this year’s $100,000 Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) but all the money is on the Ross & Clint Price-trained Smoko.
Drawn out in gate nine with WA’s premier hoop William Pike in the saddle the undefeated Snitzel four-year-old is a winner of all five of their previous starts and will be out to defend their flawless record.
Smoko hasn’t just won their races either they’ve absolutely destroyed their rivals with their five wins having been over a combined 17 lengths.
Their latest two efforts were during the spring with back-to-back 2.5 length victories at Ascot.
They are also unbeaten in three Belmont Park runs too however and first-up over 1000m should be absolutely flying.
The Beaufine Stakes odds reflect their dominance in the markets too with Smoko paying a short $1.70 to make it six-from-six.
Only one of their nine rivals joins them under $10 for an upset Beaufine Stakes result with the Jim Taylor-trained Magnifisio in gate three.
The talented Magnus mare has won her past five on the trot, most recently in tougher company with a long neck win over Elite Belle in the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at the track bay in May.
A rising five-year-old, Magnifisio did it from barrier 12 of 12 there and so should appreciate her better draw here with Jason Brown staying on.
Brown was originally engaged to ride Group 1 winner Barakey in the race paving the way for apprentice jockey Chris Parnham to pick up the mount on stablemate Magnifisio.
However with Barakey out with a hoof injury, Parnham has missed his chance for a prime stakes ride this weekend.
With four black-type wins and counting she is the definite danger to the resuming Smoko but does carry the 58.5kg top weight as the only runner in the Beaufine Stakes field above the 54kg minimum.
“She is going well but she has to give Smoko 4.5kg,” Taylor told The West Australian.
The next best in betting are then Celebrity Miss ($10) with the outside barrier to overcome and Dueton ($15) drawn better in gate four for their first-up run.
Grant Williams’ More Than Ready mare Celebrity Miss comes off two wins at the track over 1200m, most recently ridden by Pike for a three quarter length effort over Wild Stratus in the Steven Crowley 60th Birthday Handicap.
Brad Parnham jumps aboard for Saturday’s assignment where the rising six-year-old will appreciate a drop back from 57.5kg to 54kg.
Dueton meanwhile will be ridden by Shaun McGruddy, the Eric Wake-trained Due Sasso four-year-old last seen running a disappointing 12th to Watermans Bay in the Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m) back in February.
They will be better suited here over the 1000m that they’ve got a good record over (14-4-4-2) at Belmont where they’ve won three of their 10 starts.
All remaining runners then pay between $21 and $26 in markets where, outside of the dominant duo, the bookies are having a hard time separating the genuine contenders from the pretenders.
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