Day At The Track

Making up for lost time

03:18 PM 24 Sep 2014 NZST
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Leakys Smokin

In a matter of weeks, he has gone from a horse no one remembered, or even knew about, to one of harness racing’s brightest prospects.

And come Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle, Leakys Smokin will take another step towards his true destination.

A member of the powerful Shane Tritton stable, Leakys Smokin has had four starts for three wins – which is nothing unusual!

What is out of the ordinary is the fact Leakys Smokin is a seven-year-old, which made his debut at Hamilton in January 2013 at five.

Following his eye-catching fourth, the son of Dawn Ofa New Day was placed back into a paddock where he stayed for 18 months.

Transferred to Tritton’s New South Wales base, Leakys Smokin has since won his three outings in stylish fashion.

As such, Leakys Smokin is favoured to continue his winning streak in the $25,000 Country Series Final.

“He’s got a lot to learn, but he has tremendous raw ability,” Tritton said. “I’ve never trained a horse with much more raw ability than him.

“Although he is seven, he still does a lot wrong and can be wayward, but that comes down to racing experience.

“The more racing he does, and the straighter he gets, the better he will be.

“As far as I know he has never been injured…he has just been given plenty of time as Greg (Laird, owner) has never been in a hurry with him.

“He’s certainly good enough to make up for lost time.”

Drawn barrier five in the 1609-metre feature, Leakys Smokin is expected to be pushed forward by driver Lauren Panella in search of the lead.

Should the pair be unable to cross quick beginner Business In Motion, which will start from gate two, Tritton is more than happy to see Panella applying pressure from the ‘death seat’.

“From there he will go forward at the start and look for the front,” Tritton said. “I’m not worried if he is caught facing the breeze as I know how strong he is.

“Even with his inexperience, I’ve got no doubt he is ready to run 1:53 on Saturday night.”

Predicting the gelding can race his way into open class, Tritton believes Leakys Smokin is capable of a 1:50 performance.

“I can’t see any reason why he won’t get to open class,” Tritton declared. “All he needs is a bit of experience.

“As he gets up in class he’ll have to start going straighter as he can’t afford to do things wrong at that level, which is the main thing we are working on with him at the moment.

“Once he gets it all together I reckon he can go close to 1:50.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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