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Smith Looks To Past With Tiara Contender
Trainer Matt Smith is looking to the past to help predict the future with Palazzo Pubblico ahead of the mare's assignment in tomorrow's Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm, reports Racing Queensland. Five years ago, Smith brought Hurtle Myrtle to Brisbane for the winter carnival and won the Gr2 Dane Ripper Stakes before the mare failed behind Yosei in the Tatt's Tiara. Hurtle Myrtle's winter campaign provided Smith with the foundation to claim his biggest prize as a trainer when she claimed the Gr1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington in 2011. Smith only took over the training of Palazzo Pubblico at the start of her current campaign and hopes she will measure up to some of the better Listed and Group races during the upcoming Melbourne spring carnival. The only doubt he has with the 4YO is how she will cope with 1400 metres. "She's a real nice mare with loads of ability but the query with her is the distance. She's had one crack at it and ran fourth," Smith said. "I want to try her over 1400 metres to see how she'll go with a view to the spring races in Melbourne." Smith has drawn favourable comparisons between Palazzo Pubblico and Hurtle Myrtle but rates his Gr1 winner as slightly superior. "Right now Hurtle Myrtle is the better of the two. She had more scope but I've only had Palazzo Pubblico for one preparation so I can't knock her," he said. "Hurtle Myrtle was more a 1400 to 1600-metre horse whereas this mare is very sharp but she could get better later on if she can run further." Palazzo Pubblico (Conatus-Piazza del Campo, by General Nediym) has drawn favourably in barrier six and will be ridden by Michael Cahill.