Ezmae Continues On Her Record-Breaking Way

By Jeff Collerson
Miss Ezmae shattered a track record which had stood for over a decade when she gave the highly talented Super Estrella a start and a beating over 717m at Richmond last night.

The Jack Smith-trained Miss Ezmae, making her first appearance as a stayer, covered the distance in a phenomenal 41.42, absolutely smashing Blue Lorian's course record of 41.66 established in April, 2011.

Miss Ezmae is now a triple track record holder, having set unbroken figures over 605m at Dubbo and 618m at Bathurst in recent races.

"She's not bad is she?'' quipped a low key Jack Smith after last night's performance.

"Miss Ezmae knew her way around Richmond because she was educated there.''

The record-breaking effort capped a deliriously happy 24 hours for Smith as his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs scored an upset win over the Penrith Panthers on Saturday night.

Smith's daughter Melissa was spotted wearing a Rabbitohs jersey when she caught Miss Ezmae after last night's race.

"It was dad's 1989 Souths jumper from the year I was born,'' Melissa said.

"I'm afraid I might have to catch every dog in this jumper now.''

Ironically, Miss Ezmae's part-owner Lindsay Niccol is a fierce Panthers fan, so go figure!

Now here's a race I'm sure everyone would love to see. Miss Ezmae versus Stanley Road over 720m at Wentworth Park!

Lethal Swiper may have won only a modest fifth grade at Richmond on Friday but for trainer Troy Vella it almost had the significance of a group race win.

Lethal Swiper led throughout to win over 535m in a nippy 30.83 but 12 months ago her trainer was wondering if she was ever going to make a successful comeback.

"In August last year Lethal Swiper had a really bad fall in a race at Bulli,'' Vella said.

"She finished down the course in two subsequent races and I thought that due to the fall she was simply too frightened to run with other dogs.

"That was part of the problem but then I also discovered she had cracked a bone in her wrist, no doubt a legacy of the fall.

"After being spelled in October Lethal Swiper returned in May but when she started racing again she was definitely lacking in confidence.

"I suspected she had turned the corner after I gave her a recent finish-on trial at Richmond because when we were walking back after that hit-out she was bumping into the dog next to her.

"She would have been too wary to do that a couple of months back.

"I think she can improve on Friday's Richmond run too because that was the first time Lethal Swiper had been tested beyond 472m since last October.''