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Joey Progressing Well Ahead Of Spring
Trainer Wez Hunter says that Gr1 winner Smokin' Joey (Encosta de Lago-Dalzing, by Blazing Sword) has returned to his Mornington stable in great condition following a brief spell in the Queensland sun, reports Racing.com. A last-start winner of the Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich, Smokin' Joey is likely to open his spring campaign in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 29 August. "He's been back in work a week and I'm leaning towards running him in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) first-up," Hunter said. "He's got that residual fitness and fresh legs so we'll start him off there and then reassess things." He added: "The owner is really keen to try him over a bit further this time around. He's a brother to Our Smoking Joe who won a Queen Elizabeth (2500m)."