It was a double kind of day for Gulgong trainer Brett Thompson at the Narromine race meet earlier this week.
Thompson’s three-year-old filly, Smart Moove stole the show in the Buy A Bale Class 2 Handicap (1200 metres) running a time of 109.98 to break the class record in a grade above herself, six hundredths of a second off breaking the track record.
“She’s a very smart filly,” Thompson said.
“There was a horse in the race that they backed off the map [Dubbo trained Pip’s Pick], he’s a very smart horse, they didn’t think he could get beat.
“He set the pace and she picked him up half way down the straight.
“When she got to the front she didn’t know what she was doing, she got a bit lost and started wandering around looking for the other horse but she went on to win by a length and three quarters. She did it really easy.”
When Smart Moove was training on the Tuesday before, Thompson had a feeling she was going to do well at the meet.
“The boys came and picked me up that morning and took me over, and when she worked I looked across to my two sons and said ‘nothing will be beating her on the weekend’ she just worked that good,” Brett said.
It’s a thrill to get a good young horse coming through again. I think she’s got a big future.
Meanwhile, Thompson’s six-year-old bay gelding Attalea picked up his eighth win in the Narromine USMC Benchmark 66 Handicap (1300 metres) with Jake Pracey-Holmes in the saddle.
“Jake rode him a treat. He rode him how he needs to be ridden, to go forward and set a hard pace. It was excellent,” Thompson said.
Thompson's staff are doing a phenomenal job while the star trainer is off with a broken leg.
“Ben and Kurt have been running the stable, and they’ve been doing a great job,” he said.
Everybody talks about me but they forget all of the people behind the scenes, and without the people behind the scenes you have nothing.
“The stable staff are second to none, they’re doing a really great job. I want to thank them all for their effort.