Greentree's Gizmo has soft footing to suit at Lismore races
IT'S TAKEN time this campaign but Coffs Harbour trainer Trent Greentree believes he's finally got Gizmo ready to win another race at Lismore on Saturday.
The lightly raced four-year-old mare saddles up in the Lismore Priceline Pharmacy F & M Class 1 Hcp (1200m).
"I've got her fit, bright and happy and I can't really fault her," Greentree said.
"On paper it looks a winnable race.
"It would be nice to win another one especially as I own part of her."
Gizmo, by Not A Single Doubt, is having her seventh run this preparation.
According to Greentree however, her early runs were lacking effort.
"Early on she wasn't putting in 110 per cent and just wasn't doing her best," he suggested.
"She was only doing half what she had to and pulling up after each run bouncing around like she hadn't had a start.
"I put the blinkers on her two runs back and they really sharpened her up.
"She's walked away from those runs knackered after trying.
"We haven't had much use of the course at Coffs and it's taken a while to get her fit but she's right now."
Greentree has elected to remove the blinkers from Gizmo and fit winkers instead.
"I don't want her going too hard up front stepping up to 1200 metres," was his reasoning.
Gizmo's past two runs have been handy efforts.
The mare finished 3.6 lengths fifth to Canny Will Clang in a 950m Class 1 at Grafton on May 4.
Then, in what was a strong form race, was beaten 1.5 lengths into fourth behind Wuzetian, True To Form and Strada Hill in a 1015m Benchmark 55 handicap at the same track on May 11.
"She's always been a good track worker and she's worked along nicely since her last run.
"The track rider is happy with her and so am I.
"If she turns up and does what she has to she should be right in the finish."
It's worth noting Gizmo's only win in 13 starts came on a heavy track.