Luck a barrier for Universe Provides

COFFS Harbour trainer Paul Smith is ruing his luck with barriers for Universe Provides.

The four-year-old mare is scheduled to tackle the Comfort Inn All Seasons Maiden (1200m) this afternoon at the Ballina meeting which has been transferred to Lismore.

Universe Provides drew barrier 12 in the 14-horse field.

“I had her in at Brisbane last Friday but she drew 13 of 13 and I scratched,” Smith said. “Now she's drawn out again.

“We're not having much luck with barriers.”

While Ballina was unsafe for racing after continued rain, Lismore was rated a dead 5, which pleased Smith.

“When she drew wide again I was going to wait for the Gold Coast on Saturday but I'm going to have a rethink now if the track isn't too bad,” Smith said.

The mare made an impressive debut when a neck second to Waterbury in a fillies and mares 1100m at Grafton on April 20.

“If she goes straight she wins,” Smith said of the mare's wayward performance in the straight when she ducked out. “We thought she would run well. You don't get 40-1 too often.”

Smith purchased the daughter of Universal Prince for $6500 at the Dubbo sales three years ago.

“She was a half sister to another horse I had who went pretty good,” Smith said.

“Universe Provides had a few problems with immaturity and legs.

“That's why it took so long to get her to the races.

“She's had attitude problems too. She can really fire up and is not good in the barriers.

“She had three long spells. She bumped a tendon, was immature in her legs and went sore last time after we trialled her.

“She's got ability though.”

Universe Provides is owned by Smith's partner Anne Diggens, Phil Grinham and his son Luke, a budding professional golfer.

Takeover Target's trainer Joe Janiak will saddle up She's Not Guilty (Adam Hyeronimus) in the same event. The filly was previously trained by David Campbell.

Due to the change of venue all 1250 metre races on the eight-race program have been reduced to 1200 and 1600 metre races have been cut back to 1516m.

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