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China Horse Club Aim High With Smart Youngster
Meanwhile, juvenile Gr1 features across the Tasman could beckon for exciting Cambridge youngster Aim Smart (Smart Missile-North Sea, by Hussonet), says his racing manager Michael Wallace, reports NZ Racing Desk. Wallace, who manages the Tony Pike-trained colt on behalf owners the China Horse Club, said while a New Zealand Group One feature was the intermediate target, he wasn't ruling out a trip to Australia. A $200,000 purchase from November's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale for 2YOs, Aim Smart isn't nominated for the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) but does hold an entry for the Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 1 April. An emphatic 3 length winner at Pukekohe on debut last month over the highly-regarded Summer Passage, Aim Smart steps up to Group company for the first time at New Plymouth on Saturday when he tackles the Gr3 Phoenix Park 2YO Classic (1200m). "His first run was very impressive and he has thrived since then so we'll head down to the Central Districts with a fair bit of confidence," Wallace said. "He will be all the better for that first race experience. He was on and off the bridle and he changed legs a bit. But based on his form and what he's shown us at home, it will take a very good horse to beat him." The Gr1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on 11 March is the likely progression for Aim Smart but connections will then have to decide between the ATC Sires' Produce Stakes and the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni - both on 1 April. "We're under no false illusions how tough it is over there [in Australia] for a two-year-old but if he shows us he's worthy, then we'd have to consider that as an option," Wallace said.