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Smooth Deal headed to Australia

Former star two-year-old Smooth Deal is likely to have one last race in this country before heading across the Tasman.

Photo: Smooth Deal

The winner of five from 22 and over $150,000, Smooth Deal will go to ex pat Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley in Bolinda, just out of Melbourne.

In the meantime the horse has been transferred from Hayden Cullen to Bob Butt’s Woodend stable.

“He’s had some wind issues but has arrived in immaculate condition,” says Butt, “and he’s fit.”

“He’ll probably run at Addington this Friday and then fly out next week.”

The son of Bettor’s Delight won four from eight as a two-year-old but has had just one win since then (in Australia in Feb 2020), though of late he has been racing against the likes of It’s All About Faith, Ragazzo Mach, and Italian Lad.

“He’ll head to Australia when he’ll be on a low mark racing against the C1s over there ..he’d have the ability to win 3-4 races.”

Butt has around 20 horses at the moment – a “lot of young ones” – with stable star Heavyweight Hero also likely to front up on Friday.



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