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In Her Time trainer Ben Smith eyes Millie Fox Stakes win and group 1 run

FLYING: In Her Time and Andrew Adkins power to victory in the group 2 Breeders Classic at Randwick two weeks ago. Picture: bradleyphotos苏州夜网.auNEWCASTLE trainer Ben Smith’s“great ride”with In Her Time could lead to a group-1 run in The Galaxy if the four-year-old repeats her breakthrough effort in the Millie Fox Stakes (1300 metres) for mares and fillies at Rosehill on Saturday.

In Her Time gave Smith a maiden black-type win two weeks ago in the group 2 Breeders Classic at Randwick and she will again compete at thelevel on Saturday in the $200,000 Millie Fox.

It was the Time Thief mare’s fourth win in nine career starts and has Smith eyeing higher honours in the $350,000Galaxy at Rosehill on March 18 and $2.5 millionTJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on April 1.

Smith said In Her Time would need to salute again on Saturday to take the next step, and he was confident she was up to the challenge.

Trainer Ben Smith

“I don’tthink she’s fully at her best yet,” Smith said.

“I think she’s got a bit of improvement in her and at this level, a lot of luck comes into it as well. She’s not the only one withgood form in the race, so she’ll need luck, but if she happened to win, we’d be looking at probably racing in The Galaxy in a month, and then possibly head on to the TJ.

“If she doesn’t, we may go to the [group 3] Star Kingdomin a month and then a fillies and mares race on the last day ofThe Championships [on April 8].

“It’s a great ride we’re on and hopefully it’s not the only one. Hopefully there’s another one around the corner.”

In Her Time is a dream horse for Smith, who has less than 30 winners in five years of training with his small team. However, it hasn’t been an easy time with the sprinter, which has overcometwo bouts of cardiac arrhythmia and this year a bruised hoof to reach group level.

Smith, though, said In Her Time was “happyand holding her weight”.

“She’s 10-12 kilos heavier this time in,” he said.“She’s been great.We had a gallop on the Beaumont on Wednesday and we were very happy with her work.It’s an exciting time for us all and I can’t wait for Saturday.”

In Her Time, which will jump from barrier 11 of 13,was on the third line of betting with TAB Fixed Odds at $9 for the Millie Fox. Smith believed his front-runner would be right in the race.

“She’s beaten everything that’s come at her before,” Smith said.“I think Rosehill and the lack of speed is going to suit her and she’s very tough.

“Ninety per cent of the horses in the race are going to be giving her a start so whether they can catch her or not is another thing.

“She doesn’t like being boxed in so the draw probably isn’t as much as a hindrance as it would be for some other horses.She likes rolling along on her own. We’ll just run our own race and if we’re there when the whips are cracking, that will be great.”

Josh Parr takes the ride on In Her Time from apprentice Andrew Adkins, who has Daysee Doom for boss Ron Quinton in the Millie Fox.

Also on the program, Newcastle trainer Jason Deamer has Our Renaissance in the last and Muswellbrook’s Tim McIntosh has Smooth Truth in the second race.

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