Craig Smith setting up temporary base in Mosgiel
With no shortage of racing in Dunedin in the next month, the decision has been made to base a team in the south headed by Craig Smith. Smith will look after a team of 5-6 horses out of the Mosgiel property that Martin Denton trains from.
"As much as anything it is trying to look after the owners really," said John. "The types of horses that we will send down will be the ones that have been competitive at Manawatu and Forbury as of late."
"They have either met their mark in Canterbury, or are just needing that slight drop-back in class to be really competitive."
John sees Craig as the ideal man to look after these horses.
"He's a great worker Craig and he can look after our ones and give Marty a hand with his ones. They get on well so it should be a good fit."
John has been very mindful of travel costs and the fact that the owners do take a decent hit in the pocket whenever their horses travel.
"It is hard on the owners definitely. This way it will keep the costs down in terms of travelling and they will have a race each week that they will be competitive in."
This weekend there is a big stable representation, with 23 horses down to run from Auckland in the north to Addington in the South.
Posted: Thu 26 May 2016