Day At The Track

Smoken Up gets back onto favourite track

11:20 AM 20 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Smoken Up

Two time Miracle Mile winner Smoken Up will return to Tabcorp Park Menangle for the eleventh time in his career when he competes in the Cordina Sprint on Saturday night. In his previous ten trips to Menangle he has won seven times and has been placed at his other three attempts and according to trainer Lance Justice the eleven year old is as good as he can be.

"The only problem I have going into Saturday night is the draw, I'm confident he is ready to perform up to his best, he isn't a young horse anymore but he still gives everything he has when he races," Justice said.

"He hasn't been able to draw an alley recently in the random barrier draws but that happens so he will just have to do it a bit tougher than he would have had he drawn barrier one or two."

Smoken Up will carry saddlecloth number eleven but with the emergency runners out he will start from barrier nine. The last time the son of Tinted Cloud drew wide at Menangle was in the 2011 Len Smith Mile when he blasted out from the outside gate to record the Australasian mile record of 1:48.5.

"A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then, it is like asking a sixty five or seventy year old man to be competing against the young blokes, it won't be easy but I wouldn't swap him for any of his rivals."

"The plan was to give him a shot at the Cordina Sprint because that would allow me to give him two weeks between runs after the Legends at Melton, it has turned out to be the right decision because that was a very tough run after another tough draw."

Justice would like Smoken Up to be given another chance to race in a Miracle Mile after winning the race in 2010 and 2011.

"He missed the Miracle Mile earlier this year but he is over the issues he had and it would be nice for him to have another shot at the race in an attempt to win it for a third time."

"There is no doubt he will love getting back to Menangle, he has never put in a bad run there yet."

Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW

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