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Monkey off Smith’s back | The West Australian

Decorated trainer Lindsey Smith yesterday rated his long-awaited triumph in Wednesday’s Hannans Handicap above his Kalgoorlie Cup success two years ago.

Success in the $120,000 Listed feature had eluded Smith for 30 years.

But it was a wrong he was finally able to right when Reykjavik, a $2.60 favourite, stormed home on a brilliant ride by Lucy Warwick to win by three quarters of a length.

Without a runner in tomorrow’s $130,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m), Smith has no opportunity to replicate his 2016 Cup success with Cougar Express.

Smith, however, was a content man yesterday and with the monkey off his back, already had an eye on grabbing Hannans success again next year.

“There’s no good stopping and we’ll be back there again next year,” he said.

“I’m a bit disappointed I don’t have a runner in the Kalgoorlie Cup but sometimes that’s how it falls.

“I’d like to support them (the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club) as much as I can.

“If I had my way, it (the Kalgoorlie Cup) would be a stand alone meeting that we should all support from down here (in Perth) and bring it back to the iconic days.”

Smith revelled in the 2016 cup success of Cougar Express but it was topped in Wednesday’s sprint.

“This (win) had a special tinge to it,” he said.

“That said, I put the Hannans in front of the Kalgoorlie Cup.

“I’ve said it before, but it’s always held a special place for me, as far as what I wanted to achieve in racing.”

Reykjavik was held up for clear running around the home turn.

Smith, however, was always comfortable his charge would deliver.

“I was quite confident,” he said.

“He just takes a few strides to hit top speed and I thought he was going to win it.

“Thankfully he did and it’s very pleasing.”

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