If Matthew Smith had his way every race veteran import Sweet Thomas ran in would be a two-mile affair.
The Dylan Thomas gelding is a stayer in every sense of the word and Smith knows getting over ground is always when you see the best of him.
It’s why the Warwick Farm conditioner is so excited to finally see Sweet Thomas show his staying prowess in Saturday’s $400,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup at Eagle Farm.
“He is a real two-miler, that’s his go,” Smith said.
“All his runs over two miles have been excellent and hopefully that can continue on Saturday.
“Kerrin (McEvoy) is back on him and he has won on the horse before so he‘s the perfect lightweight rider.”
McEvoy and Sweet Thomas combined for the nine-year-old’s last win almost 12 months ago when claiming the Stayer’s Cup (3200m) at Rosehill on June 27.
They will reconnect for the first time since that win this weekend with Sweet Thomas heading to the Brisbane Cup third-up on the short back after finishing fifth in the Listed Winter Cup last Saturday at Rosehill.
“I think it is as good as I have ever seen him run over 2400m since we've had him,” Smith said.
“He was strong through the line and looks ready to step up to the two miles now.
“It‘s only a small field so it is going to come down to how the race is race and where they find their positions.
“The top horse (Carif) only beat him at Sandown last year in the Cup by 2-1/2 and we get a break at the weights in this.”
Kerrin McEvoy on Sweet Thomas after winning the Stayer’s Cup last year. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Sweet Thomas is rated a $12 contender with TAB fixed odds.
Smith will also be plotting a second Brisbane winter carnival raid closer to home at Randwick on Saturday with Tricky Gal.
The talented mare is being set for a Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara tilt and can book her float to the Sunshine State with a strong showing in Saturday’s Acy Securities Benchmark 94 Handicap (1300m).
However, Tricky Gal ($8) will need to overcome a wide draw in barrier 10 and a top-weight of 60.5kg to salute.
“She’s got everything against her but we just want get the run under the belt before the Tatt’s Tiara,” Smith said.
“She will run well. She is flying and is ready to go fresh but with 60kg on her back the stats will tell you, they just don‘t win.
“It will be a hard ask but we are happy with her.”
Smith also has Koonunga (race three) running at Randwick while Bentley Magic is likely to be scratched from race nine due to a wide gate.
Originally published asBrisbane Cup two miles all Sweet for import
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