El Dorado Dreaming trainer Ben Smith savours wild ride to second group 1 victoryvideo, photos


Smith savours dream win HAPPY DAYS: Newcastle trainer Ben Smith after El Dorado Dreaming’s shock group 1 victory on Saturday. Picture: AAP

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In Her Time, with Damian Lane aboard,then had no luck trying to come through the field from last in the $2.5 million TJ Smith, finishing third behind winner Trapeze Artist and Redzel.

Smith said Lane admitted he got too far back from gate three in the early stages.

“It was pretty disappointing but I guess that’s the way it works sometimes,” Smithsaid.

“I wasn’t real happy on the day but it is what it is. We were just unlucky on the day.

“We thought we’d be in the one-one.He just misjudged the ride. He should have been more positive, he wasn’t, and he owned up to it. And you can’t do much else.”

He said In Her Time had pulled up well and would likely head to the group 1 Doomben 10,000.

Earlier, Smith had anxious moments when telling stewards his pair were stuck in traffic. Usually a three-hour trip, Smith’s truck took four hours to get to Randwick and arrived just over an hour before the Sires’. El Dorado Dreaming had to passa vet inspection to race.

“The guy got to Pymble and there was a truck that had an accident and held up all the traffic,” he said.

“I was already there and I let the stewards know, and they were good about it.

“It was good we were still able to get a result and able to race. She was passed fit and it didn’t hurt her.She didn’t sweat up.

“But when they said they were stuck behind an accident, it was a bit of a worry.We were a bit unsure if they were going to make it in time, but they did and it all worked out for the best.”

El Dorado Dreaming, which is now in line for a shot at the group 1 Champagne Stakes, was runner-up at Newcastle a week earlier.

Owner-breeder Yvette Pearce, who paid $35,000 for in-foal dam Solanas, was unsure if the filly was ready for theSires’, but Smith convinced her to push ahead.

AAP report Saturday:Owner-breeder Yvette Pearce ticked off a bucket-list item when buying a Zabeel mare and against expectations she has produced a Group One-winning two-year-old.

A stunned Pearce was not in the minority at Randwick as El Dorado Dreaming unleashed a giant-killing burst down the outside to nail Golden Slipper runner-up Oohood in the $1 million Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

The Ben Smith-trained filly snuck home as a $81 outsider, the longest odds for a Sydney Group One winner since $101 shot Zavite claimed the Ranvet Stakes in 2011.

Pearce snapped up Solanas when she was in foal for $35,000, hoping the progeny would develop into a viable three-year-old.

“A Zabeel mare was on my bucket list and the thinking was to breed a three-year-old 1600-metre horse,” she laughed.

Pearce had to be convinced to start El Dorado Dreaming on a seven-day back-up from a second in a Newcastle maiden but Smith talked her around.

“I thought, ‘Are you sure about this? I don’t want to over faze her’. He said, ‘I know the horse’.”

Admittedly, Smith did not expect El Dorado Dreaming to secure his second Group One in a fortnight after In Her Time’s victory in The Galaxy.

“We weren’t just here to make up the numbers but we didn’t expect her to win,” he said.

El Dorado Dreaming, who had just $9755 in prize money before she broke her maiden in remarkable fashion, started her career in Tamworth in October.

“We were looking to tip her out and that was one of the first two-year-old races of the season,” Smith said.

“We didn’t think she’d be a two-year-old but she just trialled so well in February. She’s come back a lot better and now she’s a Group One winner.”

Oohood, the $3.20 favourite, looked on course to improve on her Golden Slipper disappointment but was pipped by half a head.

Outrageous, a $61 roughie, was a length back third.

The Group One Champagne Stakes (1600m) is the usual progression from the Sires’ and Smith would not rule it out.

“The way she run today I’m sure she’ll be up to it and she won’t be a hundred to one.”

Smith paid credit to jockey Damian Lane, who rode El Dorado Dreaming for the first time, while Zac Purton was left to lament another near miss for maiden-seeking Oohood after Estijaab claimed the Golden Slipper by a long head.

“She burst through like she had the race won but then just seemed to pull up,” he said.

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