In Her Time ready to rip in against Redzel
IN Her Time's trainer Ben Smith says the luxury of having already secured a spot in the world's richest turf race, The Everest, will aid the mare's hopes of an overdue Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Group 1 win.
The Newcastle-trained five-year-old arrives in Queensland on Wednesday before her assault on Saturday's $700,000 Doomben 10,000.
In Her Time finished fifth in the corresponding race last year, and followed it up with second place in the Stradbroke and third in the Tatts Tiara, where she was considered a good thing beaten in the latter two races.
She has since gone on to land a maiden Group 1 success in The Galaxy at Rosehill Gardens, but Smith is very keen to avenge her winter hardluck stories from 12 months ago.
First stop for that will be Wednesday's all important barrier draw.
"We've had a lot of disappointments in Brisbane," Smith said. "She (In Her Time) had three starts in the carnival there last year and didn't draw inside 12 in any of the races.
"This year it'll be nice if we get a bit more luck with the draw."
Perhaps helping In Her Time's bid for Queensland glory is that the pressure is off in terms of snaring a the spot in The Everest, October's $13 million showpiece at Randwick.
To Smith's relief and joy, the TAB has chosen In Her Time for its slot in The Everest.
It was a different story last year with Smith having chased an Everest berth almost right up until the race. The best she could muster was an emergency spot, so instead, she ran in the consolation $500,000 Sydney Stakes on the same day and beat her Stradbroke conqueror Impending.
"Trying to get a spot in that race (The Everest) definitely led to added pressure last year," Smith said. "This year we don't have that. We already know we are in the 'grand final'.
"It allows us to really focus on certain races.
"We're really going to rip in on Saturday at Doomben."
Dual Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Corey Brown will again ride In Her Time, who this week has reverted to a single owner, Peter Brown, after she had been leased out to a group during her successful career, which has netted more than $2 million in earnings.
"The guys that had her had a good run but now she's back to the one owner now," Smith said.
The Doomben 10,000 is shaping as the best in recent memory, with seven individual Group 1 winners confirmed as runners.
In Her Time remains the $3.50 second elect behind Redzel ($2.50) with Ladbrokes for the 10,000. Victory Stakes winner Impending ($9) is the other runner under double figures.