Progressive three-year-old SMART METEOR booked himself a tilt at Stakes level with an impressive win in the $125,000 Eagle Way Stayers Series (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday.
The son of Smart Missile relished the step-up to 2000m for the first time, storming home from well back on the turn for apprentice Justin Huxtable to make it back-to-back victories.
The win gave Huxtable his first Saturday Metropolitan winner since arriving in Queensland as apprentice to Munce Racing.
Trainer Chris Munce said SMART METEOR would now step-up to the $250,000 Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, December 21.
Munce himself as a personal link with SMART METEOR’s grand dam, TEMPEST MORN, who he rode during his time as jockey with Gai Waterhouse.
TEMPEST MORN won two Group 1 races over 2000m as a three-year-old filly and also finished second in the AJC Oaks, SA Oaks, Qld Oaks and Qld Derby.
“Gai (Waterhouse) had a lot of the family when I was with her in Sydney, They could all stay and this bloke is the same,” Munce said.
“I think we will head to the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm in a fortnight.
“It is a bit further at 2200m but I don’t think Smart Meteor will have any trouble against his own age group.
“Smart Meteor is a pretty smart horse and I expect him to go a long way.”
SMART METEOR was a $50,000 purchase by Munce Racing from last year’s Inglis Classic Sale.
Congratulations to his large group of owners: Mrs C Munce, Mr D G Williamson, Milo Racing, Mr D Moretti, Mrs K L Lovell, Mr M Dodd, Dr S B Parkes, Ms E H Friend, Mr M S Templeton, Mr D R Greaves, Mr K F Treeby, Mr M J Halle, Mr A J Havig, Mr C D Wenck, Mr G R Hill