Canberra duo out to continue winning streak on home track

The Ron Weston and John Nisbet training partnership will look to continue their good run of form at Canberra on Friday. Photo: Bradley Photos.

It would be tough to find a team or trainer that is in better form right now than Ron Weston and John Nisbet

The Canberra training partnership have been to the races three times in the previous two weeks, and in that time, they have trained three winners from three starters. 

Enigmatic sprinter Smuggler’s Run brought up career victory number four at start 13 at Canberra on November 13 when winning the 1000m Benchmark 65 Handicap for jockey Jordan Mallyon. 

Then not to be confused, the similarly named Smuggler’s Bay registered win number six at start 13 when taking out the 1000m Queanbeyan Thunderbolt at Queanbeyan on Sunday, with Jack Martin giving the talented five-year-old a good steer. 

A day later, Weston and Nisbet were at Wagga, and again combined with Martin when Red Kanzi broke through for her third win in 22 starts when taking out the 1065m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

When asked about their recent winning form, Weston believes it comes back to a combination of having the right horses in work and drying tracks. 

“We’re only a small stable, and when you haven’t got the numbers, you can’t keep horses winning continually but our horses have been consistent for a long time, and when you keep them happy and ticking over, the right races come for them,” Weston said. 

“Just look at Red Kanzi the other day at Wagga; she had six starts before that race on heavy and slow tracks, and she can’t go a step in it, but you can’t keep them in the box either for the owners, and she found a good track and was a nice winner. 

“We have got a couple of horses bubbling away, which were waiting for firmer surfaces, and we’ve found that, plus we have some young ones coming through.” 

The Canberra trainers appear to have two very nice sprinters in Smuggler’s Run and Smuggler’s Bay, and Weston admitted that both runners were ever-improving types. 

“They haven’t been the easiest horses to train, and we have put a fair bit of work into both of them, but we are working them out and hopefully when they turn the corner, we can win a nice race with both of them,” Weston said.

Smuggler’s Run, who will be ridden by Jack Martin, goes around in the four-horse 1000m Sky Racing Race Callers Cup today at Canberra, and Weston hopes the Wanted gelding can continue his winning form.

“He’s a work in progress, and he’s taken an enormous amount of time to get right, but he still isn’t 100% and we think he will still improve going forward,” Weston said. 

“The idea is to get him over ground, and that’s out target once we sort a few more things out.”

The pair also have Propose A Toast resuming in the $34,000 TAB Federal Tony Campbell Memorial Cup over 1400m, and Weston is predicting a big first-up showing and good preparation for his five-year-old, which will also be ridden by Martin. 

“He’s done plenty of work for this race, but it’s a hard little race with a fair bit of quality,” Weston said. 

“He is going terrific, and the horse is heading towards a really good prep.”

It shapes to be a good meeting at Canberra, with the course proper a good four for their nine-race-program that kicks off at 1.21pm.

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