Smerdon stayers to run at Caulfield

Red Typhoon and Westsouthwest will round out preparations for Queensland at Caulfield

Robert Smerdon will have better winning chances than Westsouthwest and Red Typhoon at Caulfield this Saturday, but he won't have any more important runners.

The promising staying three-year-olds are both in line to round preparations for Group 1 assignments when they step out in 1600-metre events on the Caulfield card.

South Australian Derby placegetter Westsouthwest is among the nominations for a $70,000 Open Handicap, while South Australian Fillies Classic winner Red Typhoon has been entered for the $70,000 3YO Fillies Handicap.

The plan is for Red Typhoon to then back-up in the $500,000 Queensland Oaks on 2 June with Westsouthwest to progress to the $500,000 Queensland Derby seven days later.

“They're both coming off the same sort of thing, having run in a mile-and-a-half race in Adelaide at their last start,” Smerdon said. “One won a Group 3, one was third in a Group 1, so they will have this hit-out here and then both be off to their Queensland assignments.”

The late-maturing pair both had their autumn campaigns extended after impressive performances over 2500m across the border.

Westsouthwest, a son of Darci Brahma, ran third to Zabeelionaire and Sabrage in the South Australian Derby on 5 May, while Hold That Tiger filly Red Typhoon won the following week's Group 3 South Australian Fillies Classic.

“She hit the line really good that day and that was what encouraged us to go up to the mile-and-a-half up there (Queensland),” he said of the filly who won at better than $68 at Caulfield on Easter Saturday.

Similarly, Westsouthwest's performance in Adelaide was also what prompted Smerdon to keep the gelding in work.

The son of Darci Brahma has thrived since he has stepped up in distance and while Smerdon doesn't have high hopes for Saturday, he is thrilled with the way the gelding is progressing towards the Derby.

“South Australia was the main aim, but he went terrific there so we thought we'd continue on to Queensland,” he said.

“He's come through that race well. He went to (Peter) Morgan's for a week after the Adelaide Derby and then back to Caulfield. This is just to get a few raceday miles into his legs on Saturday and then we'll head up to Queensland.”

Westsouthwest and Red Typhoon are among a large set of Caulfield nominations for Smerdon, who also has Tai Tai Tess in Red Typhoon's race and Éclair Surprise in the Open Handicap over 1600m.

Beyond Pardon will contest the day's feature, the $70,000 third heat of the All Victorian Sprint Series, while Nodrems and Black Jack Boy have been entered for the 1100m three-year-old event, which counts Zamorar and Soft Sand among the other potential starters.

Riviere and Enzed Girl are in line to contest the 1100m Fillies and Mares Handicap, for which Rue Maple heads the nominations, while Prince Stratum may tackle impressive Darley colt Haussmann in the 1200m juvenile event.

Nominations for all races on the Caulfield card are available by clicking on the link

- Racing Victoria

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