By Glenn Davis
Trainer Rob Heathcote is hopeful City Smart can come up trumps in a David and Goliath clash with Sydneysider Navy Cross at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.
City Smart will also do battle with the Chris Anderson-trained Empire Games in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap over 2200 metres.
City Smart, who is raced by former AFL identity Ron Thomas, is coming off a last start win over Empire Games over 2070 metres at Doomben on May 13.
Thomas formerly played for Richmond in the Victorian Football League and was a general manager for the Sydney Swans.
Thomas and his wife Kim race City Smart under the name of their Balmoral Lodge property which is in Macedon, Victoria.
City Smart was sold for a paltry $30,000 as a yearling in Sydney compared to Navy Cross who was sold for $700,000 purchase at the Magic Millions sales at the Gold Coast in 2018.
Empire Games was sold at the same sale for $70,000.
“My bloke is going good and this is a bit of a David and Goliath clash when you look at the sale ring prices,” Heathcote said.
“There’s no doubt Navy Cross is the one to beat but Empire Games is also pretty smart and was unlucky against us last time.”