UNBEATEN Warrnambool galloper Mystery Shot added a metropolitan victory to his already impressive record at Caulfield on Saturday.
Mystery Shot had won country races at Warrnambool in December and Ballarat on June 14 before scoring a long neck victory over Splendoronthegrass and Scorpious in the $108,000 race over 1440 metres.
Trainer Lindsey Smith, who has stables at Warrnambool and Perth, told The Standard there was more improvement in Mystery Shot.
"I thought it was a good win," the astute trainer said. "He's done nothing wrong in his three starts.
"Mystery Shot is not there yet there's still improvement in him. We'll get him out to 1600 metres in a couple of weeks time.
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"We may give him a break after that and get him set for races over the summer months."
Smith gave credit to Mystery Shot's jockey Michael Rodd for the winning ride on the three-year-old.
"Michael is a world-class jockey and is so professional," he said.
"He's made a lot of trips to Warrnambool over the last few months to ride work and jump outs. He's great mates with Mystery Shot's principal owner Brad Spicer.
"Brad purchased Mystery Shot as a yearling in New Zealand. I think with a bit of time Mystery Shot will develop into a good horse."
Rodd, who rode Efficient to win the 2007 Melbourne Cup, said he was grateful for the support of Smith and Spicer.
"Lindsey and Brad have been really good to me," he said. "They've been great supporters and Mystery Shot is going well.
"They're horses are always well placed and when they come to the races they're ready to go. It's great to finally get one (a Saturday city winner).
"I've been waiting a couple of months now since coming back from Singapore. It's just taken a bit of time to get on a better quality horses."
Meanwhile, boom Warrnambool galloper Harbour Views is heading to the spelling paddock following an unplaced run at Caulfield.
Racing Victoria stewards reported the Matthew Williams-trained Harbour Views pulled up lame in his near foreleg after the race.
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