Rocky Racing Review Thursday 29 Dec.

Published 30 December 2022

Rocky Racing Review Thursday 29 Dec.

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The Greek mathematician Archimedes (287BC) is regarded as the Father of Mathematics so in a diverse form Rockhampton trainer Kerrod Smyth is certainly a disciple.

At the RJC’s last race meeting for 2022 on Thursday, Smyth attributed the success of his pair Rocketing To Win and Mocial Chief to “straight mathematics”.

Having his first start for the Smyth stable, Rocketing To Win (Chris Whiteley, $5.50) lasted to win the $20K 0-55 Handicap (1050m) by 0.2 lengths from fast finishing Future Idea (NZ) (Ash Butler, $12.00).

Just 40 minutes later, Smyth and his wife Glenda, who owns both horses, took out the $32,500 Magic Millions Country Cup Qualifier Open Handicap (1200m) with their equine ATM, Mocial Chief (Ash Butler, $2.70).

Mocial Chief (b g 5 Press Statement-Total Response), a $105K Melbourne yearling purchase for Agile Thoroughbreds, has been a revelation and indeed a windfall for the couple after they acquired him modestly early last year.

Thursday’s win was his 11th for them while in 22 starts in their livery of silver, maroon quarters and cap, Mocial Chief has never missed earning prize money by always being in the first four.

What a great provider Mocial Chief has turned out to be for the Smyths galloping away with earnings, a tad over $150,000 as well as being awarded last season’s RJC Horse of the Year title.

Now after his latest tenacious win (third in succession) under 60.5kg, Mocial Chief more than likely heads to the Gold Coast for the $500K Magic Millions Country Cup (1200m) on Saturday, January 14.

Don’t underrate his prospects either, as on Thursday, Mocial Chief in a stirring two horse struggle claimed the scalp of the local champ Master Jamie which went down fighting with 4kg more and beaten just 0.75 lengths.

So, let’s get back to Kerrod Smyth’s explanation and definition of his buying theory of tried racehorses based on “smart mathematics”.

“It’s simple really”, he explained while I listened intently.

“I’ve been doing it, getting horses up here (Rockhampton) for more than 20 years”, Kerrod said.

The suspense was killing me.

“If they can finish within five lengths of the winner at Hawkesbury and Sydney provincials, they can win up here. Smart mathematics I call it, that’s all’, Smyth said.

But wait there was one proviso which is paramount to the Smyth formula succeeding.

“The horses must be sound though”, he added.

I was hopeless at mathematics but had a flair for history and geography, so I went back through the records and checked on Mocial Chief and Rocketing To Win, which incidentally had both won one race each pre-KS.

Sure enough, much earlier, Mocial Chief had finished 3.8 lengths away at Wyong while Rocketing To Win was beaten less than five lengths at two of his three previous starts at Hawkesbury and Newcastle.

Before you apply the Kerrod Smyth formula to success in search of tried horses that qualify, remember other important components that are vital.

Horsemanship and skill.

Kerrod Smyth, with about four decades of training gallopers behind him is very astute in his field and while he modestly attributes “smart mathematics” as the formula to success it goes far further.

While he did not say Smyth is a disciple of the training axiom which goes something like this – “if you feed them right, work them right and place them right, they should do all right”.

As well they have to feel and look all right.

Kerrod and Glenda Smyth and their small team of racehorses have certainly done all right in 2022.

Tony McMahon.

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