Smith still preparing for Stradbroke

16 May 2018 04:30:05 EST

Connections of In Her Time are confident she will run in the Stradbroke Handicap next month despite failing to perform in Saturday's Group 1 Doomben 10,000.

In Her Time, one of the hot fancies, made little impression from back in the field last weekend, but trainer Ben Smith says she has come through without any issues.

We gave her a light trot and canter this morning and her regular track rider said she felt fine.

Ben Smith

Smith is perplexed as to the poor performance of In Her Time, but says there are no major issues.

"She seems fine," Smith said. "I don't think she had a problem at all. We had her trot up for someone that had never seen her before make an assessment. Her regular vet here thought she was completely normal.

"If there was a problem the stewards would have called me and put an embargo on her or something but no action has been taken so it couldn't have been bad at all.

"We gave her a light trot and canter this morning and her regular track rider said she felt fine. Her blood came back fine as well so it is a bit of a head scratcher really.

"Corey (Brown) just said she wasn't that comfortable and she copped a couple of little bumps in the straight."

In Her Time is 10/1 on a win and each way bet to win the Stradbroke Handicap next month with Osborne Bulls 13/2 and Champagne Cuddles is priced at 8/1.

While taking every precaution, Smith is confident of In Her Time lining up in the Group 1 Stradbroke at Doomben on 9th June.

"We're going to run a couple of more tests but pending the outcome there we will take it steady over the next week and get all the results and information back but at this stage we are pressing on, there's no reason not to," he added.

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