Dual-state trainer Lindsey Smith won’t lose any sleep if talented galloper Mystery Shot loses his unbeaten record at Flemington on Saturday.
Mystery Shot won his five starts as a three-year-old but will race for the first time as a four-year-old in Saturday’s TAB Venue Mode Handicap (1200m).
Mystery Shot took on older horses in weaker races at his first two starts but steps out in Benchmark 84 company in Saturday’s $125,000 contest.
Smith said Saturday’s race was a good starting point to see where Mystery Shot stands in the autumn pecking order.
“He’s going to get beat one day and it might be Saturday. Time will tell,” Smith said.
“It’s only going to get harder as he gets up in grade so it doesn’t worry me if he gets beaten.
“I know everyone else will worry if he gets beaten but it’s not really a big deal now he’s getting up in grade.”
TAB has Mystery Shot as a $3.80 favourite to stay unbeaten in the last race on Saturday.
Smith said Mystery Shot was short of full fitness but has had a good build-up to his return to racing.
Trainer Lindsey Smith has given Mystery Shot two jumpouts leading up to his first-up run at Flemington. Photo: Scott Barbour/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“He’s not rock-hard fit but he’s had a couple of soft jumpouts and he’s ready to race so off he goes,” Smith said.
“It’s a good little start-off point for him but the horse is still carrying a little bit of weight but he has got a lot stronger in his time off so that weight could be muscle.”
Mystery Shot is one of 83 entries for the All-Star Mile in March but Smith said the $5 million race was not a factor in his training of the gelding.
Smith said he has focused on getting Mystery Shot to the races in the best possible shape. He added Mystery Shot’s performances would dictate whether he made the field for March event.
“Simply for me, I don’t worry too much about that because it’s not a race I can get him into straight away,” Smith said.
“I just try and place him where he can keep winning and hopefully the All-Star Mile takes care of itself.
“But he’s got a way to go to warrant getting into that race yet.”
Apprentice Will Price will ride Mystery Shot on Saturday.
Originally published asMystery to shoot for six at Flemington
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