Morphettville: Trainer Lindsey Smith out to snap decades-long Adelaide drought

Successful WA and Victorian trainer Lindsey Smith is confident of an elusive win in South Australia after more than two decades.

Lindsey Smith is one of the top trainers in both Western Australia and Victoria but success has so far eluded him in the biggest city between those two states and it’s something he hopes to change on Saturday.

Smith is making a rare trip across the border this weekend with a team of six entered at Morphettville and is optimistic he can break his drought in Adelaide – a run that began more than two decades ago.


“I don’t think I’ve won a race there. I think Bumbelina ran third in a mares race about 20-something years ago but that’s when I was in Perth,” the 62-year-old said.

“I’ve run a couple of seconds in the past few months or so and one was a tragedy beaten but hopefully that can change.”

A check of the stats show Smith, a 10-time Group 1 winner, has had 12 runners in Adelaide for six placings in his career – including Bumbelina’s third in the Group 2 Marsh Classic in 2001, the race now known as the Queen Of The South Stakes.

He’s also had his fair share of bad luck too with In The Boat, one of the top chances for last month’s The Goodwood, having to be scratched just days before the Group 1 with a bruised foot.

Smith’s had four runners at compete at Morphettville this campaign for two seconds and will more than double that number on Saturday, something that happened more through circumstance than by design.

“I started off bringing two and then some of the ratings suit some of the horses that I have, so I thought if I’m coming I might as well bring some and try to win a race or two,” Smith said.

“It was just a situation where once I started nominating I had another horse that suited that rating so I just threw them in.”

Exciting two-year-old No Drama was the horse who instigated it all, Smith searching for a suitable option to kick off his Australian career after saluting over 800m in New Zealand on debut.

The son of Ghibellines has been heavily backed for the first race – opening up at $3.60 and being crunched into $2.70 – and his trainer expects him to run well.

“There was a two-year-old race at Caulfield but I thought that might be too hot for him so I elected to take him – he was the first one I earmarked,” Smith said.

“He won in New Zealand on a good track but his two trials have been on heavy tracks and he hasn’t put a foot wrong. The track conditions won’t affect him.

“He’s a nice horse. He’s still a bit green and is probably six months away but he’s a go-getter. He’ll put himself into the race and he’s a very strong horse so he’ll race very well.”

Smith is also bullish about the chances of Sacred Palace, who is a $3.80 favourite for the sixth event, after a narrow third at Caulfield last month.

“I reckon that’s his race. Smells like his race to me with the weight and a little bit of a class drop,” he said.

“He’s a good, strong horse but maybe just a little below really good Saturday class. He handles the wet as well. (It’s an old reference but) he seems like a good ‘welter’ horse.”

Jockey Jarrod Fry, who celebrated his 100th winner for the season earlier this week, will also make the trip to South Australia and is booked for all of Smith’s runners.

“He likes a couple of those horses and I let him know a couple of weeks ago that we’re going there, so you either ride them all or don’t,” Smith said.

“I think he’s got a liking for the first one (No Drama).”

Originally published as Trainer Lindsey Smith out to snap decades-long Adelaide drought

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