Monday, November 2, 2009


It’s amazing how a change of scenery can make such a difference to some racehorses.
There are few better trainers plying their trade than Robert Smerdon who has shown on more occasions than he cares to remember that he has the ability to get the very best out of horses in his care.
However, despite a trial win at Bendigo in July, Suitably Connected did very little (apart from a Geelong third) in five starts hence, switching to the Dubbo stable of Garry Lunn around six weeks ago.
It did the trick though and Suitably Connected scored comfortably at Parkes yesterday (1 November) winning by two panels over the 1300m journey after starting a $2.80 favourite.
A 4YO by Bel Esprit, Suitably Connected is certainly well named.
Bred by Peter Cameron, Suitably Connected is out of the Godswalk mare, Seaside Attraction, an outstanding Melbourne sprinter who won six races who has subsequently produced seven winners since retiring to stud.
Importantly – well as far as Eliza Park is concerned – her multiple city winning daughter, Weekend Surprise, is in turn the dam of Moonee Valley Champagne Stakes-G3 winner Dan Baroness who just happens to be a daughter of Statue of Liberty.
An outstanding family, other members include Group One winner Pride of Rancho, Golden Slipper winner John’s Hope and Sydney Cup winner Count Chivas.
The Bel Esprits are making a habit of winning first up for new trainers so keep your eye out!

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