Play Master all class

BENALLA trainer Peter Smith has his eyes on the city after Play Master made it three wins on the trot yesterday.

After recent wins at Wangaratta and Albury, the $3-favourite highlighted exactly why it was well fancied as it scored a half-length win over Back To The Bar in the final race of the Albury carnival. Smith wasn’t expecting anything less.

“He’s definitely a city-class horse,” he said.

“I expected to win by further.

“I think he’s looking for further.

“It took him a while to wind up.”

Smith said there was still plenty of improvement in the five-year- old.

“He’s still doing a lot wrong,” he said.

“He probably only raced for about 300 metres at Wang the other day.”

In an interesting twist, smart Brett Cavanough mare Strada’s Diamond was declared a starter, despite taking no part in the race. Strada’s Diamond inexplicably dawdled out of the barriers and failed to finish.

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