Super Smink has firmed into favouritism for two feature races at The Pinnacles carnival in the wake of an outstanding first-up victory in the LR Belgravia Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.
Group 1 trainer Dan Morton has big plans for Super Smink (Photo / Western Racepix) who was a record-breaking 2yo last season winning RL Magic Millions Classic, G2 Karrakatta Plate and G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes.
“That was a special win and it was also pretty cool to watch,” Morton said. “I wasn’t so much worried about the result as getting her around in one piece knowing I have something to work with going forward.
“She’s not completely screwed down so it was very nice to see her reel off sectionals like that.”
Bookmakers also reacted following Saturday’s eye-catching performance when she motored home to a last-stride victory for Chris Parnham over dead-heaters Almighty Class and Augment.
They elevated the star filly to the head of markets at $3.20 for the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) and $6 for the G1 Northerly Stakes (1800m).
Super Smink (3f Super One – Sminky Shorts by Snitzel) is a Forest View Farm-bred graduate for owners Ben and Jo Duncan. They sold her for $45,000 at the 2022 Perth Magic Millions and her earnings are now north of $630,000 after just a half-dozen starts.
She’s the first Stakes winner by Super One (I Am Invincible) who is based with former WA studmaster Nick Posa at Lincoln Farm in the Hunter Valley. Her dam is from the family of G1 Railway Stakes winner Covertly (Metal Storm).
“We sent Sminky Shorts to Super One on the suggestion of Adrian Brown,” Jo Duncan recalled. “It’s a good speed on speed match. We gave the mare a season off last year and she was covered by Playing God this season.”
Forest View Farm kicked off the 2yo division this season with Angel’s Impact (I’m All The Talk) in the Initial Plate (1000m) at Ascot. Her Playing God yearling half-sister will be one of the highlights from the south-west nursery at the 2024 Perth Magic Millions in February.
The Duncans also welcomed a Playing God filly from Truly Belong (Showcasing) on Tuesday morning. She is a half sister to Champagne Street (Street Boss) who has been nominated to break through for trainer Simon Miller and his partner Ellie Crispe at Ascot on Wednesday.