Smith chasing Australian Cup boilover with Esti Feny

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, coming off a commendable third-place finish in the Prelude (1800m) at odds of +4000, is poised to spring a surprise on his more esteemed competitors in Saturday's headline event at .

Trained by , the Hungarian-bred import enters the Australian Cup (2000m) as the rank outsider at +12500.

Despite the long odds, Smith remains optimistic about Esti Feny's chances, echoing the sentiment of potential upsets in prestigious contests.

Smith expressed his , stating, “I had him in up in Sydney as well and I looked at both races and I thought at least there would be a solid tempo in Melbourne.

“There's only nine acceptors, and I thought we would try and beat one home and if we finish fifth there will be a little better prize.”

Highlighting the importance of race pace, Smith emphasized, “The quicker they go, the better his chance of being in the finish. He just needs a steady gallop.”

Acknowledging the formidable competition, Smith conceded uncertainty regarding Esti Feny's ability to outshine the higher-rated contenders but remains hopeful for a surprising performance.

“I don't know whether he's good enough to beat those better ones, but we're hoping he might be the shock of the .”

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