Danielle Seib continues Highway Handicap Smokeshow

Dannielle Seib (left) and Smokeshow after their win in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Danielle Seib’s stellar run of form continued at Royal Randwick on Saturday, with the Goulburn trainer winning the 1100m Class Two Highway Handicap with the well-named Smokeshow. 

It was Seib’s fourth Highway victory, following her two wins with Assault’N’Bathory in 2019 and 2020, and most recently King of Spades’ victory at Royal Randwick late last month. 

Smokeshow looks an up-and-coming type, with the four-year-old starting nine times for three wins and three minor placings.

The Winning Rupert mare has only started three times for the Goulburn stable following a nearly year-long spell from racing, and Seib said everything went according to plan on Saturday.  

“Somebody just said to me that plans don’t often come off in racing, but this was our target for a long time with her,” Seib said. 

“(She was) fourth-up, it was a Highway, and she ticked an eligibility box, and she is a really nice filly and a little bit progressive.”

Smokeshow was tested in town the start prior, finishing fifth at Rosehill Gardens in an 1100m Benchmark 72 Handicap on January 7, and Seib believes the drop back to Highway class really made the difference on the day.

“You just can’t take away that step up from Benchmark racing, and dropping back to a Highway field, even thought it was a very strong field; still, it really placed her in great stead,” Seib said. 

Fresh off riding a double at Canterbury on Friday night, it was a good ride by Tyler Schiller, who found a gap in the home straight before pulling away for a strong win when beating the Tash Burleigh-trained Iron Will (Billy Owen, $7) by 0.14 of a length, while in third and 0.86 lengths off the pace was the Brett Robb-trained Gallant Star (Sam Clipperton, $2.80).

“It was a terrific ride by Tyler; he had that great feel of her a fortnight ago, and that was part of the plan,” Seib said. 

“I wanted to get a rider that I have a good association with, that could ride light, have the feel of her a fortnight ago, and have the ride again today, and thank you to Tyler, and his manager too.”

Seib is dreaming big when it comes to Smokeshow, with connections hoping she will be picked up for the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko on October 15.

“She has had a couple of set-backs in her career, and it’s nice to get her into the stable and get her right and set her up in the Highway system, and dare I say it, but perhaps she could be a Kosciuszko chance,” Seib said. 

For the Highway Handicap results click here.