He's been training horses in the Central West for the best part of 10 years but David Smith experienced a first during the barrier draw for this Friday's meet at Orange.
Smith will have a pair of chances jump from gate number one in the TLE and Hometech Tradies and Ladies Day at Towac Park, the club's third event of the racing calendar.
Intense Passion and The Poet will race in second and fifth events respectively, with the former looking to finally get off the mark in the $22,000 MCSIGNS Orange Maiden Plate (1280m) after a promising preparation throughout the winter.
The four-year-old mare scored three consecutive third-placed efforts for Smith in her last campaign and the mentor thinks she's primed to make inroads on Friday after a promising trail run at Dubbo.
"She seems to have improved a few lengths," Smith said.
"We sent her out to the water walker at Dubbo and her track gallops have been really good and she had a nice trial there on Sunday.
"She lost it a little bit mentally in her last start but with the blinkers back on, she should be a lot sharper."
According to Smith, the mare's bred to run up to 1600m but the 1280m looks ideal for a first-up event.
"It's a good kick-off point for her," he said.
"She's showed us she's still got enough speed in the legs and she should be a much better horse this time around."
While the speed map has her listed as a leader, Smith would be happy to sit back behind a few horses for the first two thirds of the run.
"We're looking to sit behind the pace and come off the leaders' heels," he said.
"That would be the ideal situation. But, if she does happen to be leading on the fence then she'll give a good account of herself."
James Rogers will be on board the mare which suits Smith soundly as the hoop's done plenty of work with Intense Passion in recent times.
"He's does a lot of work with the horse He knows her back to front so it's good for him to make the trip out to Orange and hopefully we can reward him."
The $22,000 DVM Embroidery Embroidery Class 1 Handicap (1400m) is where Smith will next see one of his horses compete as The Poet will look to make it two wins in three starts.
The gelding beat home Beach House on October 11 at Coonamble but was flat in his last start at Dubbo, failing back to 7th spot.
The 1400m journey will be the longest of his career and Smith expects the four-year-old to enjoy the extra distance.
"The jockey jumped off at Dubbo and suggested he's already looking for the mile," he said.
"There's not much pace in this race so hopefully he can lead, give a good kick and acquit himself well." Race one is at 1.04pm.
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