Lindsay Smith has handy Flemington chances with Riding The Wave, Feuermond and Dee Keepa

WARRNAMBOOL trainer Lindsay Smith is itching to put former Kiwi Riding The Wave over 1400m at Flemington.

At the moment though, he is being guided by part-owner and former trainer Nigel Tiley, who believes Riding The Wave is best suited over the 1200m distance of the Benchmark 78 sprint the gelding will contest at Flemington on Friday.

“The owner who used to train him in New Zealand thinks he is a 1200m horse and I’m going with that at the minute,” Smith said.

“I’d like to see him at Flemington over 1400m and roll to the front. Next start I’ll have a look at him over 1400m.”

Riding The Wave won his maiden over 1400m at Avondale, before winning at the same trip at Te Aroha. His other two New Zealand wins before being transferred to Smith were over 1200m.

Smith mentioned the Standish Handicap over 1200m at Flemington tomorrow as a serious option after Riding The Wave got home hard to win over 1100m at Ballarat on November 21.

However, he opted for the benchmark 78 race in preference to the Group 3 challenge after being convincingly beaten by Defiant Dancer at Flemington on December 19.

“He didn’t win his last start so he would have given away a few points by winning the Standish,” Smith said. “There is not much difference in prizemoney so we elected to go with the lower grade.”

Smith has three runners at Flemington and three handy chances with Feuermond early favourite for a benchmark 70 race over 2000m and Dee Keepa in a benchmark 70 over 1400m.

Feuermond is a four-year old with experience in only three races, the latest two being impressive wins at Terang and Warrnambool.

“He is a European horse and only three and a half, so we have been a little kind to him,” Smith said. “In the perfect world I suppose that is how horses should start their career.

“The owners have been very patient and they knew what they were getting when they bought him. They had this in mind.

“He might have started off late, but he is a gelding and could race for a number of years.”

Smith described Dee Keepa as a tricky horse, very hard to keep fit.

He said he had to be careful not to “overcook” the mare, but also not to “under do” her.

“Gate two is a plus for her, she can just sit third or fourth on the fence,” he said. “When she has to do a bit too much work, she has only a short sprint.”

Originally published asSmith hopes to be riding wave of success

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