Smart double for Gundy Guy boys

Todd Smart and Billy Owen combined to win with Gundy Guy at Wagga on Sunday.

Talk about a popular winning double. 

Gundagai products Todd Smart and Billy Owen, now based in Canberra, teamed up at Wagga on Sunday for a triumphant double with two horses with bright futures. 

With Owen in the saddle for the in-form Canberra stable, Straight Fire was strong to the line when winning the 1200m Maiden Plate.

The Vancouver filly, which drifted from $4 to $4.80 in the market, was next to last turning for home but finished strongly for connections. 

Considering it was just her second career start, it was an eye-catching win.

“She’s taken a bit of time, but the owner’s been patient, so it’s really well done by everyone,’ Smart said. 

“She is a filly we thought would get over more ground, and look, I don’t know how many more starts I’ll have with her this preparation, but we’ll see where she goes now.
“We might go to 1400m next start, and hopefully, she goes through her grades.” 

Making the win all the more memorable for Todd was that it was his mother’s birthday, with Megan Smart enjoying the milestone as a part-owner of Straight Fire. 

“She just said, ‘I hope this horse wins for my birthday’,” Smart said. 

“Mum and all the owners are stoked; she’s a three-year-old only having her second start, and you’ve got to be a bit patient in this game sometimes, and it looks like it will pay off with her.”

Smart had to wait until the final event of the eight-race Wagga program for his second winner, and it was the well-named Gundy Guy getting the job done. 

During the final two furlongs, Owen had some nervous moments, but he found a slither of space and pushed his way between the leaders before pulling away for another impressive victory. 

Now a back-to-back winner after breaking his maiden at Wagga earlier this month, Gundy Guy already has a cult following, being named after the town of Gundagai. 

“He’s a good horse and has a fair following,” Smart said. 

“I’ve been waiting for a horse to be called Gundy Guy, and hopefully, this one will continue going through the grades.”

While Smart was thrilled with Owen’s efforts, he praised his hard-working team for getting these horses to the races. 

“Billy is a big part of the stable, and I’ve got all the people at home I’ve got to thank; it’s a team effort,” Smart said.

With Canberra’s Black Opal Carnival and $1 million race day coming up before the Albury and Wagga Cup carnivals, it’s an exciting time for Smart and his team.

Gundy Guy and Straight Fire look above average, Love Shuck is on his way back, and they have a nice two-year-old in Spritzy Lass. 

It wasn’t just Smart enjoying a good day at Wagga, with former Canberra trainer Doug Gorrel preparing a double on his home track. 

The Wagga stable won the 1600m Class One/Maiden Plate with Sorry Sunshine (Kayla Nisbet, $31) before Nisbet made it a double, winning on Our Frankie ($11) in the 1400m Class One Handicap. 
In the feature of the day, the $32,000 Tom Patton Cup (1800m), the Rodger Waters-trained Lumber Dream ($8.50) scored a popular win. 

Hitting the line strongly, the Wantabadgery galloper was given every chance by Shaun Guymer.