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    ASTUTE horseman Steve Turnbull is hoping for a sentimental victory in Bathurst tomorrow night. Turnbull has Courtsinsession engaged in the open class event, which... Horseman chasing sentimental win

    ASTUTE horseman Steve Turnbull is hoping for a sentimental victory in Bathurst tomorrow night.

    Turnbull has Courtsinsession engaged in the open class event, which is being run as the Smooth Satin Cup.

    One of the best pacers produced during the past quarter of a century, Smooth Satin was trained by Turnbull throughout his sensational career.

    Making a triumphant debut in Bathurst on February 2, 1999, Smooth Satin quickly established himself at the top of the New South Wales crop with wins in the Sires’ Stake Final and Sapling Stake.

    Successfully defending his Sires’ Stake title the following season, Smooth Satin registered 10 wins, six seconds, a third and a fourth from 18 starts at three.

    Completing a seamless transition to open company, Smooth Satin’s victories include the 2002 Inter Dominion, 2001 Miracle Mile, 2001 Ben Hur and 2001 Chariots Of Fire.

    Retired due to health problems in March 2004, Smooth Satin made a surprise racing return eight months later.

    Competing with distinction during the next two years the son of Stature was finally retired with a record of 47 wins and 48 placings from 122 starts for earnings of $1,428,490.

    The ageing champ was sadly put down due to health issues in October 2008.

    “I’d like to find another but I don’t think I ever will get one as good as him,” Turnbull said. “He was just a champion.

    “When he won the Miracle Mile I was over the moon, then to win the Inter Dominion was unbelievable.”

    As for Courtsinsession, he will “need a bit of luck from a wide draw”

    Winner of his last three starts, the son of Art Major will come from the outside of the front row.

    “It will be nice to win the race,” Turnbull said. “He’s a nice handy horse but will need a bit of luck from a wide draw.

    “There are a few good chances in it and with the right run he is one of them.”

     

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