Smerdon eyes another Inglis bonus

Trainer Robert Smerdon is looking to enhance his record in Inglis bonus based races with promising two-year-old Breitling.

The youngster, who was narrowly beaten at his race debut, is Smerdon’s only entry among the 34 nominations for Saturday’s Inglis Bonus 1000 (1000m) at Caulfield.

The race carries a $70,000 stake but a juicy $100,000 winner’s bonus is on offer to horses qualified for the sales company’s race series.

Smerdon has dined out on Inglis races dating back to 2006 when he trained Inglis Premier winner Follow The Till, who collected nearly $288,000 for her connections. Stablemate Cenotaph was third.

Last year Tale Of Love won a bonus race at Mornington and picked up $152,000 when she won the Inglis Premier. Her stablemate Stoneblack finished third in the Caulfield event and was later second in a similar race won by Denman at Sandown.

Smerdon’s winning run continued in May this year when Enzed Girl won a $50,000 bonus for her connections at Warrnambool.

A son of Lonhro and Flying Spur mare Spring Flyte, Breitling was a $50,000 Inglis Premier Yearling in Melbourne.

Spring Flyte was unplaced in two runs but Breitling’s grand-dam Happy Spring was a sister to 1999 Maribyrnong Plate winner Happy Giggle.

Breitling has impressed Smerdon and the colt was heavily backed to start favourite at his debut when he finished second to the Peter Snowden-trained Soul in Thebigscreencompany Plate (1000m) at Flemington on June 26.

“It was a good run first up on a heavy track and it looks like it might turn out to be a good form race,” Smerdon said.

“We have an opinion of our bloke but the winner (Soul) had our measure on the day.

“He (Breitling) probably struggled a bit late and was beaten nearly two lengths but he should take improvement from the run.”

Soul is among the past winners in Saturday’s along with Bit Of A Dude, Courgette, Indigo Dancer, Jugahlation, Live In Spring, Martika, My King Oath, Not A Pretender, Someday Somehow, Spirit Cent, and the unbeaten Umgeton.

The Gerald Ryan-trained Courgette is also entered for a two-year-old race at Rosehill on Saturday.