Victory by Rebel Miss in the Furious Stakes will give trainer Matthew Smith another place in her family history.
The filly is by Krupt who Smith trained to win the 2008 Todman Stakes after which injury ended his career.
While Smith was devastated by the forced retirement of the horse which helped him build his profile, he has found joy through the stallion’s progeny.
“I trained his first winner, I trained him and I trained the mother (of Rebel Miss) so I’ve trained the whole family,” Smith said.
“It would be a damn good result if she could lob on Saturday.”
Rebel Miss is out of Marju Rani who Smith trained to win one race and who is owned by his wife Melissa in her career as a broodmare.
Smith said it would be nice to carry on his involvement in the bloodline by training Krupt’s first stakes winner in the Furious Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
He also trains a full brother to Rebel Miss, Quantrill who raced at Canterbury on Wednesday, finishing second.
“He’s a very talented horse but he’s like a child with ADD,” Smith said.
In contrast, Rebel Miss has shown more professionalism by winning two of her three starts.
She was a dominant winner at Doomben in Queensland’s final metropolitan two-year-old race, but steps up sharply in grade on Saturday.
“Her work indicates she’s up to that level,” Smith said.
“We’ll know a bit more on Saturday but I can’t be happier with her.
“Her work has been good and she’s ready to go.”
The filly steps up to 1200m for the first time at her first start as a three-year-old.
Smith is confident Rebel Miss will get the distance but is using the race to gauge where she fits in the emerging three-year-old puzzle.
“It will tell us whether we go 1400 metres, stay around the 1200 or even go back to 1100,” Smith said.
“It will give us a line on where she fits in with the other three-year-old fillies but she’s quite good.”
The race will be run without Silver Shadow Stakes winner Omei Sword who will be saved a week for either the Golden Rose on September 10 or the Tea Rose Stakes a week later.
Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au