Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Featured Image: Scone born Newcastle trainer Benjamin Smith and strapper Emma Bickley with the stable’s crack sprinter ‘In Her Time’ pose for Virginia Harvey’s camera

I have tried to make this ‘blog’ Scone centric and celebrate local talent. I am indebted to my good friend Brian Russell for the main content of this submission. Brian writes a fortnightly email-distributed column named ‘Australian Thoroughbred’. It is always literally chock full of detailed racing and breeding information from around the globe. Brian’s able assistant is also an iconic Scone identity; Lesley Moore formerly Lesley Johnston daughter of Jack Johnston and granddaughter of Scott Johnston.

I have written independently about former Scone jockey and trainer Peter Snowden. His name is set in stone wherever racing is discussed having achieved the dizzy heights of champion trainer when at the helm of the Darley/Godolphin team.  Newcastle based Benjamin Smith is a fairly newcomer to the training ranks. Scone born and raised he is a son of Ian ‘Ginger’ Smith and a grandson of Graeme Smith; breeder and owner of some successful performers a few years ago. Graeme also stood the Sweet Moss stallion ‘Moscow’ at his Middlebrook Dairy Farm. ‘Moscow’ was successful in the Show Ring winning Champion Thoroughbred Stallion Ribbons regularly at Sydney’s RAS of NSW Royal Easter Show. I was actually the Judge on one occasion and Chief Steward on others.

In brilliantly winning the Sydney Stakes the Ben Smith trained ‘In Her Time’ suggested she could have gone well in ‘The Everest’ a race for which she had been first emergency won by the Snowdon stable with ‘Redzel’. Further evidence of this was her head second behind ‘Hey Doc’ in the $1 million Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday evening. A protest against the winner was unsuccessful.

Bred on Fred and Mary Moses Kanangra Farm in the Scone district for the estate of the Cobcrofts of Parraweena, Willow Tree and unsold at a reserve of $40,000 at the Sydney sales and now racing for eleven owners ‘In Her Time’ has won seven of 17 starts and earned over $1.4million.

In Her Time is by Time Thief a son of Redoute’s Choice whose seven starts included a Listed Race win and Caulfield Guineas second and who was shipped out to South Africa in April 2015 after five seasons at Darley’s Kelvinside, Aberdeen, Hunter Valley. He had a double at the Randwick meeting as In Her Time’s effort was preceded earlier in the afternoon by success in the $200,000 TAB Anniversary Highway, a 1400m event for country horses, by Rod Northam, Scone trained 6yo gelding After All That.

Time Thief’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice had an influence on the day that put him in the same league as his sire Danehill. In particular it saw two of his sons who share the stallion yards with him at the Arrowfield Stud, Segenhoe Valley, Scone; Snitzel and Not a Single Doubt, provide the winners of the two most prestigious races, the Everest at Randwick (Redzel) and the $2million Caulfield Guineas; a classic annexed by Mick Price trained Mighty Boss.