LEADING Warrnambool trainer Lindsey Smith praised the owners of Corner Pocket after the four-year-old won a $125,000 restricted race at Caulfield on Saturday.
Corner Pocket, ridden by local jockey Declan Bates, scored his sixth consecutive victory in defeating Mr Tipla and Fundraiser in the 1440-metre race.
Smith told The Standard Corner Pocket's owners had been patient and deserved every success with the lightly-raced galloper.
"Corner Pocket's owners have been very patient," Smith said.
"They have been great. Their patience has allowed us not to hurry the process with Corner Pocket. He's now won six in a row which is no mean feat.
"We scratched Corner Pocket at Sandown a couple of weeks ago because of a heavy track and the owners were very supportive with the decision. I don't think we've got to the bottom of him just yet."
The multiple group one-winning trainer said Corner Pocket showed no signs of training off.
"Corner Pocket is a real tradesman," Smith said.
"He doesn't overdo it on the training track. We'll see how he pulls up after Saturday's run but I think we may give him another run. We'll just wait and see.
"I've got to give credit to Declan. It was a top ride. Declan has a great understanding of Corner Pocket."
Bates said Corner Pocket found plenty when needed at vital stages of the race.
"Corner Pocket is obviously a good horse," Bates said.
"He absorbed pressure and still kicked when I asked him to. I thought it was a very good performance."
From his eights starts, Corner Pocket has won more then $180,000 in stake-money for his connections.
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